Wall Street (1987)





Charlie Sheen, Michael Douglas, Daryl Hannah, Martin Sheen, John C. McGinley, Terence Stamp, James Karen, Hal Holbrook, Sean Young, James Spader


Young and ambitious stock trader Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen) is willing to do anything to get to the top, including trading on illegal inside information taken through a ruthless and greedy corporate raider (Michael Douglas) who takes him under his wing.


As I was aware of the positive feedback it received, I was excited to watch it, and I did have high expectations. Last night I finally got to watch it, and it was quite a disappointment. In fact, Wall Street turned out to be a good portrayal of greed. Period. It does not go beyond that.

The story, which is not original, about the young and hungry man at the bottom of the barrel that rises through the ranks is good, but unfortunately it isn't carried out in the right way, and the result is two-hour long film that bores most of the time.

However, the dialogue is brilliant - even though there are too many "Wall Street" words somebody might not understand -, and every single character is pretty remarkable. The musical score by Stewart Copeland is great, and Oliver Stone's direction is also great.

The acting manages to raise up the film a little bit. Michael Douglas's portrayal of ruthless, greedy, Gordon Gekko is spectacular. Charlie Sheen is very good, and along with his real life and fictional father, Martin Sheen, delivers an emotional hospital scene. Daryl Hannah does an average job, but somebody else could have done it way better.


Bud Fox: Sun-tzu: If your enemy is superior, evade him. If angry, irritate him. If equally matched, fight, and if not split and reevaluate.

1 comment :

  1. Sorry you were disappointed. I really love this film. Douglas is so mesmerizing, here, he carries the whole film. The magic of it all for me is how much it encapsulates the era in which it was made, much like The Social Network. Now that we're thirty years past that time it may not pack the same punch on a first time viewing. In any event, it's far better than the decades late and totally unnecessary sequel. That one doubles down on the economic jargon, relegates Douglas to a sideline player, and only had Sheen for a cameo. None of it works.