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Every dream has a price.
A young and impatient stockbroker is willing to do anything to get to the top, including trading on illegal inside information taken through a ruthless and greedy corporate raider whom takes the youth under his wing.
Oh, my, this is dated. It seems the 80's will do that to a film.
I didn't expect to be blown away but I usually find Stone to be a solid director and I like Michael Douglas. Charlie Sheen is not really a good actor but I enjoyed him in Platoon so I figured maybe Stone knew how to get something worthwhile out of him. Not the case. He's pretty bad, something that is especially notable when he interacts with his father, the great Martin Sheen. He's nowhere near as bad as Daryl Hannah, though. She is terrible. Every single scene she was in she bothered me.
From a visual standpoint it's an ugly film. The cinematography is messy and unspectacular. Really the whole ordeal is beyond forgettable. The only things to enjoy is Douglas who is solid and Martin Sheen who is of course very good.
"The point is ladies and gentlemen that greed, for lack of a better word, is good."- Gordon Gekko
Before Martin Scorsese's The Wolf of Wall Street there was Oliver Stone's Wall Street. Both films focus on an up-and-coming stockbroker who gets involved in screwing people out of money and getting rich in the process. I'd take Scorsese's film over this one any day, but this one is still quite good.
First of all I'd like to admit that much of the talk about stocks and such went right over my head. That probably took away from my overall enjoyment of the film a bit. Charlie Sheen is decent in the lead role, but after watching the film I found out…
Led by two fine performances from Michael Douglas and Charlie Sheen, and strong direction from Oliver Stone, "Wall Street" is an engaging, entertaining, and captivating crime drama.
GREED , for the lack of a better word is good .
Greed works .
Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit.
Greed is beautiful .
Greed is sexy !
I wanna marry Greed !
Oh I'm so horny right now !
TO THE FAP CAVE !
AND BY THAT I MEAN MY GORGEOUS LIMO AND YOU'RE NOT INVITED !
Douglas , his character and charm is so interesting you almost forget you have no idea what's happening for the rest of the movie . It's just hard to care .
Honorable mention : Charlie Sheen's good-hearted daddy .
There are multiple scenes in this where character A lectures character B, generally in very broad strokes on money and the stock market. When Lumet does something similar in Network a fundamental necessity for these types of scenes to work is always fulfilled, the character being lectured to is uninformed, ignorant. Oliver Stone, in his desperation to tell everyone just what he thinks of wall street brokers forgets this first step, and so you end up with totally unnatural pieces of dialogue that may have sounded neat in Stone's head but contextually make little to no sense, as Bud Fox is frequently subjected to Gekko's increasingly obvious platitudes on the very basics of the job he is clearly quite adept…
Michael Douglas is really, really great in "Wall Street." His performance is exciting, slimy, charismatic and overflowing with energy. While I can't necessarily say he deserved his Oscar win, largely because I haven't seen all the nominees from that year, the fact that he won is unsurprising. He's excellent.
It's too bad that every other performance- from a leading actor or someone with only one line- is godawful.
I had the same problem here with Charlie Sheen that I did with Charlie Sheen in "Platoon"- he just lacks screen presence. He seems so bored and uninterested in every scene, and he can't hold his own during the film's dramatic moments. One particularly demanding scene- which requires a major emotional reaction…
It is a shame that the American Public did not take this film more seriously and thoughtfully at its release. It could have prevented much of the financial devastation that Americans have suffered since.
With the (notable) exception of Daryl Hannah, the supporting performances really knock it out of the park -- Terrence Stamp, Martin Sheen, James Spader, John C. McGinley, right on down the line.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Smile, for justice comes to everyone. It is a belief of Wall Street; the movie, not the actual one. The collective mind of real life Wall Street is so deluded in the core principles of their own fucked up reality, I believe justice doesn't come up much. In that sad reality, the Bud Fox's of the world don't turn against the Gordon Gekko's. They grow bigger and bigger and crash economies. They don't do it alone. The world is far too big, full of far too many scumbags. This is a film, though, so I'll relent. Oliver Stone has crafted a very engaging piece that confounds with its insider knowledge yet remains levelheaded in its moral compass and genuine discord…
Boring. Maybe it's Stone's style, or the thought he could get a spellbinding dynamic out of the Sheens or even the atrocious Hannah, but this film killed me.
[Recommendation: If you enjoyed The Wolf of Wall Street (2014)]
Twenty-two minutes in, Bud Fox [Sheen] slumps dejectedly in his work station chair, embarrassed at the lack of impact he made on his professional idol. Congruent with his evident disengagement, the camera pans away from him and across the sales floor, completely dissociating the audience from Bud's palpable unimportance. ...but then, the phone rings with the imperishable Gordan Gekko [Douglas] on the other end, and the camera zooms right back into Bud, the audience completely engaged once more. This simple sequence encapsulates the entire film in mere seconds.
Gekko says it himself, "If you're not on the inside, you're on the outside" - that's what Oliver Stone was defiant to…
Third viewing. Still a very entertaining, well-written and fascinating film. It's somewhat compromised by the abrupt ending (which I've always found unsatisfying) and by some miscasting here and there. Daryl Hannah's performance is one of her weakest; Stone would have been better off swapping hers and Sean Young's roles. I've never been a Charlie Sheen fan (even in "Platoon"), and sometimes he's just not very interesting to watch here... although whenever he and Martin Sheen get to act together onscreen, his performance escalates significantly.
Everything else is still great.
7.6/10 - Mr Pink
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I lost interest in the film about halfway through. Nothing particularly insightful here like The Big Short, scathing like American Psycho, or debaucherous like The Wolf of Wall Street. A great, chewy performance from Michael Douglas and a few stand out scenes make the film worth watching, but it's too vague and ridden with cliches to be engaging.
Is greed good? Probably not, but this greedy film is very good.
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