Wall Street Reviews
November 9, 2014
a tame prequel to wolf of wall street, points for the hilarious interior decorating
November 1, 2014
On terms of quality Wall Street is a very good movie, but personally I wouldn't watch it again because I didn't like the ending and it does feel overly long. Wall Street is a really well made movie with excellent performances. Charlie Sheen proved he can play a serious role and Michael Douglas is a classic Gordon Gecko. It's overall a mostly well plotted, intellectual picture that really does deal with the issue of greed in a mature fashion.
October 26, 2014
Stereotypical and preachy.
January 2, 2014
You don't have to be a stockbroker to understand this movie. The dialogue and characters pull you in for a different type of film, in other words, good. Solid acting, except for Daryl Hannah, she wasn't on her "A game". Gordon Gekko is an unforgettable character and Michael Douglas is the perfect man for the job.
September 30, 2014
This movie captures the culture of finance and filters it through the perspective of its auteur, Oliver Stone. It amounts to an acerbic commentary on the message contained in the famous axiom of Gordon Gekko which he expresses at the shareholders' meeting of Teldar Paper: Greed is good. The film compares a few alternatives to that such as loyalty, hard work, and family. The fact that they're not quite as sexy as greed simply acknowledges an inescapable truth.
September 1, 2014
I just saw this for the first time(2014) and was disappointed. It was well done, just didn't live up to the hype. M.D.+C.S. were very good, tho.
July 21, 2014
see this then boiler room then wolf of wall street.
February 18, 2010
(First and only viewing - 7/8/2012)
July 29, 2014
While Oliver Stone's 1987 classic "Wall Street" presents itself as anti-wall street/anti-stockbroker in reality it could be set in any large multinational corporation. The overriding point is the wrongness of corporate greed and the actions of the Gordon Gekkos of this world. Imagine the same (slightly less glamorous) picture being set in modern day amazon - a corporation so large it can afford to lower prices to levels where it makes a loss on products in order to beat competitors and then raise them to monopolistic levels once competitors such as independent book stores have been crushed. As with all films that feature Wall Street and a glamourous life of greed (remember "greed is good") the viewer enjoys watching the young protagonist make more money in a year than others do in a lifetime, however what Stone does expertly is making the viewer feel guilty about thoroughly enjoying the films first act. The best and most personal scenes of the film are those with Charlie and real life father Martin Sheen with the emotional climax being Bud visiting his father in hospital after he suffered a metaphorical heartbreak. The way in which Bud brings down Gekko; through using the tricks that Gekko himself had been using to metaphorically eat up the insects of the business world is the real triumph of the film. Finally we cannot sympathise more with Fox sr. when he says a stint in prison will do his son good, we accept that our protagonist has done wrong and we know he deserves punishment.
July 27, 2014
Wall Street is a difficult film to share an opinion on. It is not a bad film. The lead characters are cast well and Michael Douglas and Charlie Sheen work well together. It would have been interesting to see what kind of future career Sheen could have had if he didn't have his personal problems later in life. It is also fun to see Martin Sheen turn up as the father of Charlie Sheen's characters. It adds that nice extra layer when seeing the two characters interact together. The direction is top notch too with some good editing. I personally liked the idea of the split screens showing a number of scenes at once responding to the same situation.
The problem with Wall Street would not be there for everyone who watches it. Wall Street does have a very specific topic it addresses. It might sound harsh to say, but if you have absolutely no interest in stockbroking and the stock exchange then I would suggest avoiding this film altogether. Unless your a major fan of Douglas or Sheen then you may be able to tolerate it. It's not the most exciting topic and if your like me and have no interest, then all the talk will fly straight over your head. There were scenes of characters talking with me being completely clueless on what was being said. Because of this lack of interest, I found myself viewing 2 hours of dull and boring money talk.
My rating does not represent the overall film. It's made well and should be recognised for it, however it is only really there for a particular audience. A score right down the middle means that you will either enjoy it or dislike it depending on where you stand with your money.
July 25, 2014
Stockbrokers, corporate raiders, blue-collars, Securities and Exchange Commission.... these are not in my glossary.
September 4, 2007
Charlie Sheen kind of looks and acts like a poor man's Tom Cruise in this movie. Tom Cruise probably would've been in this movie and done a helluva a better job if he wasn't glowing from "Top Gun" at the time. All the stars go to Michael Douglas's portrayal of Gordon Gecko.
July 30, 2007
Kind of fun in a bad 80's movie type of way. But none of it really adds up, as most of the stuff we see Fox and Gekko do was not illegal at the time, certainly not from GG's end.
April 8, 2014
A nearly flawless movie about ambition, corruption, power and lust for all things.
April 2, 2014
While the film is a tad bit too long and not very subtle in it's overall message, Michael Douglas's portrayal of Gordon Gekko is what makes Wall Street a fun and captivating watch and probably offers Charlie Sheen's best performance ever.
March 29, 2014
This film is just as great as I thought it would be. With its mature and astute look at the culture of corporate greed that was prevalent back in the 80's, this film takes you through the eponymous Wall Street in ways that subsequent films never could. The characters were simply a joy to watch, driven by excellent acting and great lines, and this helps the plot immensely because the plot is driven by the characters themselves. The film's sense of style is also worth mentioning, because the overall look and sound of the film ties it to the time it was made and adds a sense of atmosphere. For me, the drama of this film couldn't be possible without all the elements being in the right place at the right time, and there are moments where I genuinely feel like I'm seeing the events unfold. In conclusion, Wall Street is a great film with a great message, delivered in a more subtle and artistic fashion than anything else like.
March 25, 2014
One of Douglas and Sheen's best work not to also mentioned written and directed by Oliver Stone...perhaps also his best work in my opinion. This high level drama will have you glued on and worth watching many times over along the years. I don't give too many 5 stars but this is one of them.
March 19, 2014
The story of greed never really dies no matter what time period or setting. Fashion and computers become dated pretty quick though. Those things aside, Douglas is believable, but I found no real life in Charlie Sheen. Anyone could have been cast there and made it work. It ends as it should, yet has anyone learned anything since then? No.
March 12, 2014
Oliver Stone made Platoon and Wall Street back to back which are two very similar films. Both star Charlie Sheen as the naive main character who is corrupted by a system and regurgitated by the same at the end. Both involve a corrupt character whose performance contributes greatly to the film, and who gradually becomes the antagonist. Nevertheless, Wall Street is still an original film that can be entertaining even if deja-vu for some. Oliver Stone directs sharply with the view of an innocent outsider; after all, his father worked on Wall Street. From the golden lens capturing the sunrise behind the bridge to the worm's eye view of the rushing workers who look like little ants collecting food for the anthill. We meet Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen) who is a largely unsuccessful broker on Wall Street who has to continuously borrow money from his father. John C. McGinley truly sells his performance pitching sales on the phone delivering signature Stone dialogue. We first meed Gordan Gekko's voice, Fox's solution to becoming a successful and rich broker. Stone makes him an illusion like Fitzgerald did with Gatsby. When we finally get to meet the famous Gekko, Michael Fox soars delivering a true character performance that establishes Gekko as a classic fictional figure. Douglas' may be Hollywood's finest actor if he was given similar roles that appreciated his talent - his stare is more powerful than all the weight loss in Hollywood. Stone should have won Best Director for this film; the amount of sheer research that is demonstrated in this film, and his bold casting decisions make a thoroughly entertaining film. He is more interested in the commitment required to work on Wall Street than the corruption. Bud Fox could have been rich and famous, but he would never sleep, betray his family, and become a sort of gambler. With Wall Street, Oliver Stone proves to be Hollywood's finest and most unique directors who can take difficult concepts and display them with realism and simplicity. As far as American classics go, this is it.
February 13, 2014
A young up and coming stock broker Charlie Sheen wants to hit it big and becomes obsessed with Michael Douglas who is the rock star stock broker. Later Sheen finds out he is being screwed through insider trading and tries to get his revenge. This has some weird camera work in parts like a reality show, like Sheen's dad going into the elevator then the camera pans and Charlie is right there. A good movie, still holds up pretty well. Interesting to see John C. McGinley who was a fellow broker and is now doing Ground Floor.