365 films in 2016: film 5 (Wall Street 1987)


Oliver stone is one of the most overlooked directors in pop culture, he’s directed so many classics and quite a few not so classics, which is why he gets overlooked so often. 1987’sWall Street is one of my favourite Stone films, Wall Street manages to make you root for characters you’d want to spit at and look down on people you’d like to help if they were real people. Oliver Stone manages to capture an era in time perfectly from the everyday monotony of Bud’s life to the classic Gordon gecko ‘greed is good’ speech that made every teenage first year film student want to write a screenplay about capitalism (I mean it’s the 80’s right? what could go wrong? we’re in the golden age). Not only that but Stone manages to capture the feel of big business, the characters in Wall Street are all so slimy and hollow even you as a viewer feel dirty just for watching their exploits, money only matters to these people if it’s big, demonstrated in the third act when gecko is annoyed that he’ll “only make 10 million” that day, I’m sure there’s are a million comparisons to Patrick Bateman and Gordon Gecko you could make but I’m also sure there’s a buzzfeed or watchmojo list somewhere for that. Gecko is such a despicable character, from the second he’s introduced he completely takes over the entire scene, making our protagonist Bud look meek in comparison as he stutters his words out. Michael Douglas and Charlie Sheens performances are honestly stellar in Wall Street, Buds split loyalty to his father (coincidentally played by Martin Sheen) and Gecko really sets the 3rd act into motion and delivers some really heartwarming bits of dialogue at times, but regardless of that Wall Street is a cold, soulless movie that still holds up to modern times. If I had any complaints it would be that the pacing of the film is so quick, it makes sense aesthetically but there are scenes where the viewer doesn’t have time to have an emotional response because it happens so quick (e.g. Bud rushing to the hospital in act 3, which happens in the space of like 6-7 seconds. But with or without the slightpacing issues which I’m sure we’re an aesthetic choice from stone Wall Street is still a strong 8/10.

In 2016 i will be watching 365 films (yes, i know there are 366 days this year) and writing about how I felt about them, I decided to do this just because over the last year or so i’ve Sort of pulled away from film and I wanna start to enjoy watching movies again. This will normally be just notes I made or thoughts I have about the film.


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