I saw Wall Street in my film class. It was mandatory. Financial dramas aren't really my thing, especially ones where a guy lectures the audience about the power of money and how awesome he is at using it to manipulate others. Gordon Gekko was an icon in the 80s. Hell, he still might even be the reason some college graduates are interested in sporting suspenders and power ties on their way to the Stock Market. The question is, in these financially unstable times, do we need another dose of the Gekko?
After watching the teaser, I realize that this film is good for a few things:
1) Comparing Gekko's 80s financial mentality to our present day philosophy to see if we've advanced at all. Plus, there's bound to be plenty of age jokes. The trailer alone points out the technological differences. That cell phone was ginormous! Can't wait to see him try to use an iPhone, let alone an iPad. lol
2) Watching Shia Labeouf get his hands dirty. I liked that he said, "No matter how much money you make. You'll never be rich." Obviously, this kid's learned something about business that's made his ambitions greater than just wealth. Sometimes the desire for respect is far more dangerous.
3) The twist: I read that while Gekko seems helpful and eager to adopt an apprentice, he also has his own secret agenda. And men who come out of prison rarely have peaceful ambitions...unless, of course, they found Jesus.
Best Line: "Someone reminded me I once said 'Greed is good.' Now it seems it's legal."--Gekko