Monday, September 20, 2010

Review: Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
Dir. Oliver Stone
Year: 2010
Aus Rating: M
Running Time: 133mins

Twenty-three years is a long time in any business- but in the stock market, just like Hollywood, it can be an eternity. In the years since Oliver Stone’s Wall Street so much has happened to the world of business that you have to admire Stone’s restraint in not producing a ten hour miniseries instead of the surprisingly brisk 133 minutes Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps that is now reaching cinemas. Unfortunately, whether Stone admits it or not, the 1987 original is not a good movie – Michael Douglas’ iconic Oscar-winning performance notwithstanding – and this sequel, timely as it is, suffers from similar issues.

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You know, if I had more words to utilise for this review I probably could have spent an entire paragraph discussing how much fun Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, but It Does Nap was for me since I think Shia LaBeouf is a bit of all right and I tend to have a bit of a thing (some might say "fetish") for men in suits. Back in March I said that the "only reason I am going to see Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps is for Shia LeBeouf wearing suits" and he didn't disappointing since the entire movie is basically Shia LaBeouf in formal attire for over 2 hours. Well, no that's not true. There is a scene where he walks around in boxer briefs, and another where he's dressed up in tight-fitting motorcycle gear.

Uh-oh! Shia's found my blog and is now calling his lawyer about a cease and desist. Oops.

The film also gets points for having Thompson Twins on the soundtrack ("This Must be the Place"!), having the balls to show Michael Douglas with his slicked back hair again (!!!) and for having the common sense to not ask Daryl Hannah back for a cameo (I love her and wish she had a career still, but yikes!) It loses points for being so bleating obvious (be prepared for an essay on "fusion energy"), Susan Sarandon (she's from another planet) and for not having the common sense to not ask Charlie Sheen back for a cameo (he plays his character from Two and a Half Men, it seems).


Mark said...

I so agree about Shia LeBeouf in those suits.

Free Best Movies said...

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
is, in my view, a more entertaining picture than its prequel, which is occasionally quite dull although it remains to be an important film. In the sequel, Stone focuses more on the stories of the characters and less on jargonized depiction of the inner workings of the financial industry. In a way, Money Never Sleeps could be described as a conventional love story set in the backdrop of the recent global financial meltdown that left many fuming over the unethical behavior of (mostly Western) big-shots who handle and trade greenbacks for a living.