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Wall Street: Insider Trading Edition
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Sep 21, 2010 By: Aaron the H
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Director:
Oliver Stone

Actors:
Charlie Sheen
Michael Douglas
Martin Sheen

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
An eager, young Wall St trader (Sheen) trying to make a name for himself catches a break when hes taken under the wing of a ruthless millionaire (Douglas) whose business methods are not quite legal.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Count me as one of those much looking forward to the upcoming Wall Street sequel. Sure it looks a little hokey, maybe even a bit formulaic, but in revisiting the original Wall Street the other day, it has both of those qualities going for it to. True, corniness and predictability MAY not usually classify as qualities, but Oliver Stones script is so sharp and the actors performances are so spot-on that everything here works nicely.

Well get to Michael Douglas legendary Gordon Gekko in a few moments, but first I want to talk about the films real lead, Charlie Sheen. Turning his back on film the past few years to waste away on a CBS sitcom (and in the occasional tabloid when a domestic dispute arises), its easy to forget that Charlie Sheen was once a pretty solid actor. He may never have been award-worthy, but he was never Razzie-worthy either- you could always count on him to get the job done. Wall Street features Sheen at his most vulnerable and nave (and eventually his most arrogant), and he pulls it all off pretty well. The real treat here is getting to see him act with his brilliant father, Martin, who plays- you guessed it- Charlies dad! You can feel the tough love between the two, and it makes for a more powerful film.

Douglas of course is brilliant in the role that cemented his place in Hollywood lore and won him an Oscar. One could call him the white-collar Scarface, in his ability to play the bad guy youre surprised to find yourself envying. When Douglas famously delivers his greed is good speech, you cant help but buy into it, and thats what makes Gekko such a legend. Only the famously miscast Daryl Hannah comes off poorly here as Charlie Sheens love interest. To be fair, there wasnt a whole lot for her to do with the part.

Much of the credit should go to Oliver Stone for his smart, serious-yet-fun script and the wonderful moral battle he takes the audience on. Youll find yourself rooting for the working class Martin Sheen and hoping Bud Fox comes around, but I dare you to tell me you wouldnt be equally susceptible to Gekko's seductive pitch.

If there are flaws here, it could be in the excessively stock-market heavy lingo spouted a mile a minute by most of the characters. Still, while you may not understand what the heck Gekko and Fox are talking about, you gotta appreciate Stone not dumbing down the material for the audience, opting instead for realism. Whether the plot is quite as realistic may be debatable, but who cares? Thats not why we go to the movies.
THE EXTRAS
Commentary Track by Oliver Stone - If youre a fan of Stone or an aspiring filmmaker, listen to this track. Either way, youre going to learn something. One of the most interesting and inspiring tracks Ive ever listened to.

Wall Street Fact Exchange - This is not a trivia track on the movie so much as a trivia track on LIFE. Seriously, a Frank Sinatra song plays over the opening credits of this film, and you get about 3 minutes worth of trivia on the bottom of the screen about where Frank was born, who originally sang the song, etc. There are some interesting tidbits about the movie and stock facts along the way too, but if you plan to watch this movie at all, its impossible to read the trivia and keep up with the lightning-fast dialogue at the same time.

Fox Movie Channel Presents: Fox Legacy (12:21) - Hosted by Tom Rothman, this starts out as a tribute to the brilliance of the original film, before not-so-slyly morphing into a promotional tool for the upcoming sequel.

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps - A Conversation (1:46) - This quickie doesnt try to hide what it is. Stone, Douglas, Brolin, Labeouf and Mulligan sit on a couch and quickly chat amongst one another about the upcoming sequel, which Im starting to realize was the sole purpose of re-releasing this DVD.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
If you already own the DVD, this "new" version certainly ain't worth the double dip. But if you're looking to own it, or downright haven't seen the film, Wall Street: Insider Trading Edition is certainly worth your time, and your money (which apparently, never sleeps).
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