Gekko’s daughter is to marry a Wall St youngblood. She apparently admires the father she hates… Love dims her wits. He loves money, finery, & women of negotiable affection. She is good: She hates everything to do with money. She runs a lefty website, speaking truth to power, a job for the ugly. A lefty or liberal or radical website spews forth the evils of the corporate world. Hatred & fear move radicals. Oliver Stone suggests the left is a bunch of weaklings who envy the energy of capitalism.
Enter Gordon Gekko. He gets out of jail, whistles through the better part of a decade, then starts talking about Wall St. tyranny. He predicts the death of capitalism. Finally, he steals $100 million from his daughter & makes a billion. He returns to the Wall St. tyranny. As a consequence, the family he betrays embraces him. Next to the weak wife, the boy has an equally weak mother who continuously asks him for money she wastes, playing at business.
Our story is the rise of Gekko. What has he learned since his downfall? How does he get a second chance? We learn that the cleverest man is evil. Gekko knows how to take the advantage in every situation. Is that admirable? He learns how to please academic lefties, how to preach anti-capitalism for a profit. He reconciles with his family: Gangsters want respectability.
So also the boy’s love of green energy marries his love for a woman with a $100 million trust fund. It seems morality does not come cheap, progress & the future hanging in the balance… The girl did warn him not to trust Gekko, whose evil she fears. He knows this; he knows how to manipulate her fear. As he seems weak, she can hate him, deluding herself that she is strong. As he does not fight back, she feels contempt merely. As he shows vulnerability, her wit vanishes, a daughter’s love returns as pity. The triumph of irrational hope over judgment & experience!
The old devil understandably attracts the boy, because he alone is not weak. When his own boss, a saintly idiot, kills himself, our boy needs vengeance – this is how Gekko gets him, he facilitates vengeance. The boy learns he loves returning evil to the evil more than earning the good for himself. It never even crosses his mind to give up the fight. The boy’s justice depends on the man’s injustice for knowledge, however.
Hence Oliver Stone’s lessons about the relevant psychology of democracy. Women fear too easily, men not enough; women think themselves weaker than they are, men stronger; women want security, men justice. Prosperity is never just, weakness never excusable.
Oliver Stone’s latest condemnation of capitalism, again advertising handsome men at play