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Wall Street

In preparation for the sequel of Wall Street coming out at the end of September, I thought it’d be wise to see the first one. At first it was saturated with Wall Street lingo and confusing broker terms. A lot of it went over my head but then again I have absolutely no ‘education’ with investment, stocks, etc. The Oliver Stone film focuses on Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen) a budding broker who is hungry for money, women and the approval of Gordan Gekko (Michael Douglas) long-time investor.

Fox, unlike Sheen, is a very moral person at the start of the movie. He is eager to learn about the industry while still indulging a little along the way. But as with all indulgences, Fox gets hooked. His kind character slowly goes out the window as Gekko, an insider-trader, gets a strong grip on him. Martin Sheen makes an appearance as Fox’s father Carl. After Fox ruins his dad’s business, Carl helps bring his son back into the light and the two men work together to restore Carl’s airplane business. In the end, Fox backstabs Gekko just as Gekko did to the Fox family.

I’ve never thought of Charlie Sheen as a good actor. He always just seems so-so and usual rides on his looks. I’d say it was pretty much the same for Wall Street, but his character did have some really compelling moments. Michael Douglas is always a pleasure to watch. For me, I can only picture him as the loveable characters he’s played so I was surprised by how well he played a corrupt money-man. Daryl Hannah and James Spader had small roles in the film, sadly neither were really memorable.

I think Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps will be more sex and glamour than the first one. The original was made in 1987, so everything was older back then, i.e. huge portal phones and computers. The sequel is going to be sleek, sexy and fast-paced. I’ll be curious to see how much they incorporate the terrible economy into the film, or if it’ll be brushed over. Shia LaBeouf is going to be great in the remake. He’s really matured as an actor since the days of “Even Stevens.” Looking at the rest of the new cast, Carey Mulligan should be interesting to see because usually she fulfills the more modest roles better. Josh Brolin, Susan Sarandon and Frank Langella will all be great to see in the new film. Even Donald Trump makes an appearance. Overall with the sequel I anticipate another entertaining yet drawn-out Oliver Stone film.

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