Becky and I went to see the new Micheal Douglas movie Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps last weekend at the AMC Theaters in Castle Rock, CO. The Yahoo website at Wall Street describes the movie as follows:
“Emerging from a lengthy prison stint, Gordon Gekko finds himself on the outside of a world he once dominated. Looking to repair his damaged relationship with his daughter, Gekko forms an alliance with her fiance Jacob, and Jacob begins to see him as a father figure. But Jacob learns the hard way that Gekko — still a master manipulator and player — is after something very different from redemption…”
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps is a pretty good Oliver Stone flick that has been filling theaters around the country with over $19 million in sales at the box office within the week. The acting is great, it’s Directed fairly well, but it gets a bit long at times and I think the story was a little weaker than the first one. You didn’t really get emotionally attached to any of the characters and Gordon Gecko apparently got a heart while he was in prison. I’m not sure that’s too believable for this Pit Bull of Wall Street. The guy was ruthless in the first movie and the common rule is that a leopard doesn’t lose its spots, especially when it comes to money and I’ve worked with enough Gordon Gecko’s in the past to know this first hand. You see a little bit of this in the film, but time, age and experience has apparently softened him just a little in the second installment.
Don’t get me wrong, he’s still pretty ruthless in how deals with a number of people in the movie. There are some interesting characters in the film, including a cameo by Charlie Sheen, which was done pretty well. The story tried to do too much though with the Wall Street bailouts and trying to educate the viewers on what happened in 2008 with the crash of the markets and the billions of dollars in bank bailouts. The media is definitely controlling much of the information the public is getting about the true state of the Economy I might add. I did some research on bank closures for 2010 and there have been 140 banks that have closed this year, twice the number that failed in 2009, according to an article at Daily Finance. Needless to say, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps is relevant for today’s economic climate, which is one of the reasons why it was so popular the first go around. It should be again. In the 1980’s corporate takeovers with massive layoffs were common ways for Wall Street executives to make millions. It still happens today, but it was much more common practice during the first Wall Street film.
This story adds his daughter into the equation, her fiance’ who’s quite a bit like her father and some other people who helped put Gordon behind bars that he would like to exact revenge on. It makes for a good movie and Micheal Douglas is great in the movie, along with Josh Brolin and the other lead characters. It was worth the price of admission. We both liked it, but we can’t give it a Don’t Miss It since it was a little too long and drawn out, which is pretty much the norm for an Oliver Stone film.
John – *** Worth The Trip
Becky – *** Worth The Trip
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