“Greed is good.”
I can’t think of a better sentiment for 1987.
Oliver Stone is one of those filmmakers who seems to have his finger solely on the pulse of the country. You think about this movie, JFK, Natural Born Killers, he really finds a way to comment on what the culture is at the time, or on something we hold dear as a nation and really uncover it and get people talking about it.
This one is a really interesting one, because it’s the kind of movie that uncovered the dirty things happening on Wall Street at the time, yet also laid a very dangerous foundation for all the idiots who saw this movie and wanted to become that person. There’s that movie Boiler Room, where all the twenty-something stockbrokers of 1999 all knew this movie by heart. That’s the reality this movie created.
This is a slam dunk choice for 1987. This is what America was. (more…)