Reviews and Problems with Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps
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Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)
28 December 2010
Conclusion: Money Never Sleeps is not the satire of 21st century American finance that I was expecting, and it certainly will never be held in the same regard as Wall Street —which really did define an era—but it's worth watching at least once, if only to catch up with Gordon Gekko.
Summary: While Oliver Stone's direction has almost gone off the rails with all the superfluous stuff he adds in here and there, 'Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps' is still an entertaining and frustrating portrayal of Wall Street and the money-grubbing bankers and traders that run it.
Excerpt: If there was ever a time to resurrect Wall Street , or at least turn it into something resembling a franchise,that’s now. The market is a mess, the public is fuming, and you have to hate Gordon Gekko’s (Michael Douglas) nonchalant, calm demeanor between it all.
Excerpt: The original Wall Street�s Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) has proved to be one of the great cinema characters of the late 20th century, a state-of-the-art grotesque for the Reagan/Thatcher grab-all-you-can yuppie era, and for director Oliver Stone a fitting icon for the hubris all of that entailed.
Excerpt: In Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Gordon Gekko calls time “the most valuable commodity I know.” It’s the time that’s passed since last we saw Gekko which most seems to be on the mind of director Oliver Stone.
Excerpt: Oliver Stone’s Wall Street felt like a film willed into being by its times. A capstone to the anything-goes economy of the Reagan ’80s, it arrived on the heels of a 1987 stock-market crash and amid a flurry of stories of illegal behavior inspired by the notion that, as Michael Douglas’ über-trader...
Conclusion: This subject demands a Godfather Part II, but Stone and collaborators have turned in a Godfather Part III. There is a lot of good material, but LaBeouf nearly sinks it and we could use much more of the old Gekko brimstone.
Summary: Oliver Stone isn't known for making films in which his presence isn't felt. In the director's Wall Street sequel he paints a familiar picture of recessionary angst as though he's a superior university lecturer utilising as many projectors and white boards as possible.
Excerpt: Greed continues to reign in this uninspiring tale about everything wrong with modern day capitalism. The subject matter and the characters could have been leveraged to create a much more engaging storyline, but it falls short of a potential Greek tragedy, and turns into a second rate, forgettable...