Saturday, November 7, 2020

1130. Wall Street

Wall Street
Directed by Oliver Stone

I am very excited about the results of the election, even if it's nerve-wracking to imagine what's to come. Democracy only works if a loser accepts a result, and we have the biggest loser in US history on our hands. I guess we just have to wait and see what happens. Charlie Sheen's presence in this movie and reputation as another narcissistic maniac makes it easy to segue into talking about Wall Street.

Bud Fox is a young stockbroker who gets involved with Gordon Gekko, a greedy corporate raider. He begins to enjoy the lifestyle that Gekko offers, and the many perks that come with it, which include sex with Daryl Hannah and a penthouse on the Upper East Side. First comes the rise, then comes the fall.

I had actually never seen this before, but I was still familiar with the famous "Greed is good" speech. That was a damn good speech. The trouble was, the rest of the movie is pretty terrible. Apparently, Oliver Stone thought Charlie Sheen's stiff delivery lended his character a believable, naive quality. Um, okay. I guess Daryl Hannah overheard that praise, with dire consequences. 

The movie was still fun in parts, because of Michael Douglas and its intense 80s factor. But the performances really drag it down.

RATING: **---

Interesting Facts:

Charlie Sheen and Sean Young hated each other throughout filming.

Sean Young insisted throughout filming she would be better for the role of Darien. 

Tom Cruise campaigned for the role of Bud Fox.

1 comment:

  1. Ray, repeat after me .... I will talk about the film, not yesterdays huge news relief. You will not ramble on for ages about it with a Ray political rant. You will talk about the film... You WILL talk about the film.. the film the fil... the f...

    And what better way to celebrate the down fall of one corporate evil 'money is everything' monster with the tale of another.


    I saw this when it came out, when rampant money making at any cost was topical. Not at all like recent times then eh?

    Stop it....

    When the belief that 'Greed is good' was a firmly held mantra for large sections of..

    Ray, we talked about this...

    What? I'm talking about the film (looks all affected innocence)..

    I really rated it at the time as part of my outraged liberal stance.. Ray.. Sorry .. but it is rather dated, with the braces and brick sized mobiles

    OK, done, and not a single mention.

    Don't mention the election. I did, once, but I think I got away with it.