Wall Street is a cunningly complex film. The screenplay is amazing, the acting is powerful (particularly the on-screen tension between Sheen and Douglas), and the direction (of renowned Oliver Stone) is perfect. Taut, intelligent movies don't get much better than this, folks.
I guess I'm too sensitive for a movie about liberals in office. This movie really angered me and I walked out of the theatre muttering to myself. A liberal couple overheard me and commented to me. If you are highly conservative and don't like a movie that makes conservatives look rotten, don't watch this movie.
As soon as 'quirky' or 'offbeat' comes up, it's usually warning radar for a good dose of corniness, but the preview looked so good, I had to rent this. It doesn't disappoint! Wood and Douglas are both wonderful in their daughter-father roles. Douglas really makes you root for his character, Charlie. Miranda has quit high school to work at McDonald's and pay the rent on the old family home while he's 'away', only to find when he gets out that he is ridiculously obsessed with finding supposed Spanish treasure hidden in the urban jungle of California. Miranda tries not to play along, but Charlie's intense vigor for his pursuit and freewheeling optimistic attitude make a reluctant believer out of her. Their treks through golf courses, land developments, sod farms and finally, that consumer giant of all, Costco! are a reminder of what California used to be, a wild land of opportunity and wonder and open desert, rather than mini-malls and concrete. This movie captures the sentiment without being syrupy and the 'never give up' attitude of Charlie is a reminder to live life by following your dreams, no matter how farfetched.