Wall Street Essay
How is the audience positioned to see Gordon Gekko in ‘Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps? ’ The film ‘Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps’ follows the story of Jacob Moore, his partner Winnie Gekko, and her estranged father Gordon Gekko. Director Oliver Stone uses not only characterisation but also film techniques and symbolism to position the audience to see a certain character. The film is set in New York in the year 2008 and is set out so it will connect with the audience of today.
The storyline of the film is based around Gordon Gekko, his family and his criminal history. Gekko is a stock broker who had previously been sent to prison for eight years after being accused of securities fraud and insider trading. Seven years later he releases a book called ‘Is Greed Good? ’, and after meeting Jacob tries to mend his broken relationship with his daughter. Oliver Stone portrays Gordon Gekko as a powerful character and this is seen in many different scenes in the movie such as when Gordon is giving a lecture to a group of university students.
He starts the lecture by saying “Well, you’re pretty much all f**ked” (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, 2010) and uses very direct speech along with open and very confident body language. He is very direct and clear when telling the group of students that they are “Part of the NINJA generation. No income. No jobs. No assets. ”(Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, 2010). His power and almost over-confidence is shown at the end of the lecture when he offers the students a solution to their current financial struggle by saying “Now we have to fight back.
I’ll tell you how to fight back in three words: Buy. My. Book. ” (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, 2010). Stone positions the audience, along with the students attending the lecture, to see Gordon Gekko as a very powerful and influential figure in the modern society. Over the course of the film Gordon Gekko is shown to be a manipulative and very deceiving character. There are scenes where Jacob and Winnie are seen talking about Gordon but it is evident that they do not agree on the type of person he is.
From Winnie’s past experience she believes that Gordon is a poor father figure and blames him for her brother’s death while from the little conversation that Jacob had had with him, he believed that he had truly changed while in prison and was a different man. This was part of Gordon manipulative nature. He convinces Jacob that all he wants to do is get Winnie back into his life. This statement from Gordon looks to be true when he tries his hardest to mend his relationship with Winnie by taking her out to dinner.
Their relationship was almost mended when Gordon offered to give Winnie one hundred million dollars of her money that he kept in a fund in Switzerland. Jacob and Winnie were expecting the money to arrive in their bank account but when it doesn’t, Jacob suspects something as happened to it and tries to track Gordon down. He finds him living in London. When Jacob confronts Gordon he tries to validate his reasons for taking the money by saying “They took my life. And when I got out, who was waiting for me? Nobody! (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, 2010) and this shows that he was clearly hurt when Winnie didn’t even bother to meet him at the Jail. Jacob just responds to his statement by saying “You’re a sad man Gordon” (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, 2010). Gordon Gekko is an ever changing character and this is portrayed in many scenes in ‘Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps’ (2010). After declining Jacob’s proposition of giving himself and Winnie their money back and in return getting a grandson, Gordon is seen sitting in his office chair deep in thought.
Gordon is staring at the flashing numbers about the stock on his screen but changes the image to the video of his unborn grandson. The camera is positioned behind Gordon and in his reflection you can see that he is thoughtful about his decision. He then changes his mind about Jacob’s proposition and asks Winnie for forgiveness, which leads to a change in their relationship. In the film ‘Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps’ (2010), director Oliver Stone has positioned the audience to see Gordon Gekko as a wealthy and very powerful character but also a character with the desire to change who he is to have a positive future.
When Gordon is talking to Jacob and the university students he is seen to be very powerful and a strong character but when Winnie is talking to Gordon they are seen to be of the same power. Over the course of the movie, the theme of change is portrayed when the relationship between Winnie and Gordon is mended. Stone also used film techniques to show the changing behaviour in Gordon when he sees his unborn grandson.