Synopsis: 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.
This has been on my 'to watch' list for a while now, and with the upcoming sequel due for release soon, I thought it'd be the perfect time to review Wall Street.
WS was a film which impressed me to the point where I wanted to be a stock broker. Or a rich greedy S.O.B.
No, seriously though, it was the performances in this film that drew me further into the film. The chemistry between Charlie Sheen and his father (in the film and real life) was unmatched; particularly the scene between Bud and his Father outside the elavator. the sheer aptitude both of these actors shown was just amazing. Most definitely the highlight of the film, it didn't leave my head after watching.
Similarly, the dialogue had the same effect; leaving some of the most brilliant quotes I've heard in a film. It was Gekko, Michael Douglas' character who had left the biggest impression on me. His charisma, his attitude, the way Douglas delivered the lines, the sheer tenacity he showed throughout the film was what made Douglas' character work.
The story was another factor which upped the overall badass-ness of the film; stockbroker looks up to rich guy, rich guy takes him under his wing, stockbroker becomes rich, rich guy destroys stockbrokers' fathers business, stockbroker destroys rich guy. Not as straightforward as that, but that's the gist of it. Sort of.
Great film, not perfect though. Not everything is.