Reviews and Problems with Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps
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Movie overall 8
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (Blu-ray Review)
5 January 2011
Conclusion: Again, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps will not be for everyone, but if you were a fan of the first film then you owe it to yourself to experience the sequel on Blu-ray for yourself. It’s on my top list of 2010, and there are several moments of brilliance in the film. Check it out.
Conclusion: 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 Movie It's 2008 and the housing market is about to collapse. The notorious investor Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas, reprising his Oscar-winning role) is seven years out of the federal pen for his past misdeeds, his estranged daughter living with an idealistic young investment banker.
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...
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.
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.