Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Wednesday, October 26 th, 2016 at 00:10 am 

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps- Movie Review


As the global economy teeters on the brink of disaster, a young Wall Street trader partners with disgraced former Wall Street corporate raider Gordon Gekko on a two-tiered mission: To alert the financial community to the coming doom, and to find out who was responsible for the death of the young trader’s mentor.


Wall Street Two is Oliver Stone talking about greed again. You’ve still got the terrific Michael Douglas, who’s probably never been better in a movie than he is in this one, although he doesn’t have a huge amount to do. In the story he plays Gordon Gecko who is just getting out of prison after serving eight years, which, as everyone points out, murderers get less than that. He has a daughter from whom he’s estranged, who is Carrie Mulligan.  She is dating Shia LaBeouf, who seems to be in some ways, a very similar kind of guy with a cuter smile who’s a hot shot on Wall Street. I don’t want to tell you too much about the movie. I thought the acting was terrific. I thought the plot was terrific. I thought the direction sucked; it was slow paced at 2 hours and about 15 minutes. It should have been under two hours. It seemed to me that Oliver Stone tried to compensate by throwing in all sorts of gimmicks. The architecture of New York has never looked better, although anybody who knows anything about New York is completely disoriented by him showing something on 53rd Street and then have somebody walk around the corner to something that’s in The Village. It’s very disorienting. Oliver Stone clearly has the jones for New York’s architecture, as many of us do, but, my goodness. The hip sort of tried to make it look young, and 2010, I think was completely a waste. It took up a lot of time and didn’t add anything to the movie. I would give it four stars on plot and acting and two stars on direction, which means it gets three stars.