WALL STREET MONEY NEVER SLEEPS = **1/2
“Bringing Greedy Back”
Oliver Stone brings greedy back with a 2010 sequel to his 1987 masterpiece “Wall Street”. Michael Douglas reprises his Oscar-winning role as Gordon Gekko, a financial whiz and tease. The original movie gave birth to the motto “greed is good”. It’s ironic that a sequel now exists given that sequels are generally born out of greed.
The ‘greed’ here is to try and turn a dusty old classic into a new franchise. But instead of this sequel, “Wall Street” should have been developed as a TV series. It has loads potential to become another “Crash” or “West Wing”. As a stand-alone movie sequel, it just seems like a square peg is being forced into a round hole.
This new “Wall Street” tells the story of the 2008 financial meltdown. But that story could have been told by different characters with no connection to a 25-year old movie.
The most interesting moments in this film come from the new supporting players. Frank Langella, Eli Wallach and Josh Brolin, among them. Their scenes, and the events they must deal with, are far more entertaining than the other plot which deals with an ex-con father (Douglas) trying to re-connect with his estranged daughter, nicely played by Carey Mulligan. Shia LaBeouf plays Mulligan’s fiance and tries to bring the two Gekko’s back together while resisting the temptation to become another Bud Fox (the Charlie Sheen character from the original film).
The once razor-sharp Gekko character has become dull over time. Perhaps that’s why he spends most of the movie thinking about his daughter instead of the Dow. And, come to think of it, I’ve seen the original ’87 film nearly a dozen times and feel that I know it quite well. But I simply can’t recall Gekko having a daughter in that film. Where was she? Or her mother? It’s puzzling.
DVD Double Feature:
The events that unfold in “Wall Street Money Never Sleeps” are true to what happened in 2008, but the character’s names have been change to protect the not-so-innocent. Wanna know who the real culprits are? Check out Michael Moore’s superb documentary on the subject in his film “Capitalism”.
Michael The Moviegoer