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
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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