|Movie Review: Wall Street (2010)
|Director: Oliver Stone
|Starring: Michael Douglas, Shia LaBeouf, Carey Mulligan
|Released: September 24, 2010
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps is definitely a worthy sequel that delivers strong performances and that classic Gordon Gekko character that everyone
can't get enough of.
After serving time for securities fraud, Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) the former King of Wall Street is now a humbled man who has two chances to redeem
himself. One involves helping an idealistic young trader named Jake Moore (Shia LaBeouf) invest in a promising new green energy source, while the other
involves mending his broken relationship with his liberal daughter (Carey Mulligan), who just so happens to be dating Moore. On the surface, Gekko indeed
appears to be a changed man - but can a leopard really change its spots?
The first Wall Street (1987) worked well enough as a stand-alone film, but after the economic meltdown of 2008 kick-started the worst recession in modern
history, the time was right for director Oliver Stone to once again unleash Gordon Gekko to the world. "Money Never Sleeps" is one of Stone's more
straightforward and commercially appealing films in recent years, and it's fascinating to follow the story as the intricate screenplay - written by Allan
Loeb and Stephen Schiff - traces the events that led to the implosion of the investment banks.
It's great to see Douglas reprise one of his most famous roles ever and makes the movie worth a watch. As far as protégés go, Shia LaBeouf lacks the edge
that Charlie Sheen brought to the role of Bud Fox in the first movie (Sheen reprises his role briefly in "Money Never Sleeps"), but LaBeouf is certainly
convincing with a role that transcends his past work (especially in the first two "Transformers" movies). Josh Brolin (who starred in Stone's last movie,
"W.") is well cast as the younger Gekko-type investor who initially takes LaBeouf under his wing, but Carey Mulligan struggles a little more with a role
that's ridden with father-daughter clichés. Susan Sarandon and Frank Langella put in interesting cameos.
As far as sequels go, "Money Never Sleeps" is better than most. There's a surprise twist that may divide moviegoers, and it has an ending that, while
abrupt, leaves the door open for a third installment. To that extent, don't rule out another film if "Money Never Sleeps" does well at the box office. After
all, greed is still good, especially in Hollywood