THE PLOT THUS FAR
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 who takes the youth under his wing.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
“Wall Street” is the story of young up and coming stock broker Bud Fox. Born and raised to blue collar parents he is desperate to prove himself with monetary value and success. Unfortunately, the financial world around him is cutthroat and the master of all this is a business billionaire named Gordon Gekko. Fox has spent months trying to get into Gekko’s inner circle and broker for him. Finally Fox’s father gives inadvertently gives him an inside tip on a very low level stock and Fox finds his opportunity to bring it to Gekko. He talks Gekko into it and it makes them a boatload of cash. Fox is now on the inside of Gekko’s seedy world and he quickly realizes that Gekko didn’t get rich by being on the up and up. Insider trading, theft, spying, it’s all part of the game but it’s making Fox very rich, gives him the woman of his dreams, and he seems to have everything he’s ever wanted but it’s slowly causing the people he cares about to be hurt by Gekko’s strong handed business tactics. When Fox discovers Gekko has double crossed him and intends on shutting down his father’s business Fox uses everything Gekko has taught him to turn the tables and get revenge even if it means losing everything.
The acting is excellent on the part of both Charlie and Martin Sheen as their respective roles as father and son, however the clear stand-out performance throughout the picture is clearly that of Michael Douglas in his brilliant, Oscar-winning portrayal of the ruthless Gordon Gekko. Daryl Hannah, however, remains a substantial dent to the film’s overall credibility and poses a serious case of mis-casting on the part of Oliver Stone that is essentially unforgivable when watching Hannah’s pathetic attempts at working alongside such greats as Martin Sheen and Michael Douglas. Her complete inability to illustrate even the most basic of emotions is ridiculous, and provides many cringe-worthy moments where you will invariably begin to question the integrity of Hollywood and its casting system.
The Blu-Ray comes with a commentary, featurettes and deleted scenes. The 1080p transfer is pretty strong for an indie movie from the 1990s. However, I found that the DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track created a proper soundstage for the era appropriate 80s greed. What was more amazing is that the film sounds like it has a cleaner mix than the original Blu-Ray release. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.
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