Reviews and Problems with Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps
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Movie overall 8
Flawed, but entertaining.
5 January 2012
Excerpt: Oliver Stone tries for a zeitgeist film and mostly succeeds, if half heartedly, with a sequel (or in all actuality, a companion film) to his Oscar winning "Wall Street". "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" is a zippy, overly obvious, if a bit meandering picture with a great ensemble cast. Michael Douglas reprises his iconic role of Gordon Gekko with great relish while Shia LaBeouf turns in some of his best work as a cocky, but emotional, up and comer.
Summary: I have mentioned before that director Oliver Stone seriously thought about retiring after Natural Born Killers. That movie took so much out of him (and I think the previous JFK did also in the aftermath of that film), that he said: "I don't think I have another one in me". At that time I thought he was crazy. But looking back at what he has made since NBK. Maybe not… Stone's new film has 3 maybe 4 good scenes and all of them were in the trailer.
Excerpt: Wallstreet: Money Never Sleeps is every bit as emotionally involved (and in many ways powerful) as its 1987 predecessor. Even having said that, in my opinion it is a lesser film than the original. Following a similar emotional arch set by the first movie (a good one at that) it follows a naive rookie (LaBeouf) thrust into an unknown world. A world he wants part of at the expense of those he loves and hurts.
"Seems now Greed is Legal"........................
25 December 2010
Excerpt: If there was one movie Oliver Stone didn't need to make it was a sequel to Wall Street. However with his Career in a slump over they last decade of so, why not revisit some safe territory and resurrect another 80's iconic character that once said Greed is Good. Michael Douglas is back as Gorden Gecko and the question that lingers throughout the film is, is he really reformed or is he still up to his old tricks.
Excerpt: Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps was a decent movie but the characters seemed disconnected. I'm a big fan of Shia LaBeouf, Josh Brolin and Michael Douglas and really had high hopes when I found out it was directed by Oliver Stone, however the movie just didn't hit home. It seemed conflicted - sometimes it's best to let the story do the storytelling. I thought Project Northwest by C. B. Carter delved deeper into what was happening behind the scenes than this movie.
Summary: This movie falls short, for the simple reason that there was no character that actually one could feel sympathy or affinity for. The plot was facile. The ending was the worst part of the movie and was a terrible let down. This movie took the easy way out and left the audience unsatisfied. Unlike the original, the pacing was uneven and the characters weakly presented.
Summary: When I heard that Stone was filming a sequel to Wall Street, and that the subject matter would be based around the collapse of Lehmans and Bear Stearns, I was very excited indeed. What an excellent opportunity for a tense, clever financial melodrama, just like the original. Unfortunately, Stone sold out. He instead decided to provide a back story around the daughter that Gekko left behind, and that a human interest tale would be sufficient.
Summary: The first twenty minutes were very promising.Then it got boring. Extremely boring.There just isn't any plot.Gekko getting together with his daughter maybe was touching for a moment.But the girl crying all the time got on my nerves.She is supposed to be an adult. In stead she is acting like a little child. I like Shia,but what on earth was he representing. At least Charlie Sheen as Bud Fox had a clear objective.
Summary: Sequels rarely come out of a comparison looking good - and this one's no exception. The original Wall Street was a classic on several planes, but "Never Sleeps" just isn't. Douglas, as usual, gives a strong and perceptive performance: he is backed up by the rest of the cast. The acting throughout is good. So are the camera-work, the lighting, the sets and the locations. The problem is in the direction: at 133 minutes this film doesn't have the meat to fill the time out.