Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010) — So this movie ends up falling into the “decent” category, which is a shame because the material obviously has the potential to be the defining film of this whole economic crisis.  Instead Oliver Stone pisses a lot of that away.  I was with this movie most of the way through but a few key things really bugged me.  One: repeated shots of bubbles.  Okay, Olly, we get it: the bubble represents the economic bubbles.  A little on the nose, dude.  Second is that after everything that happens in this movie resolution comes neatly packaged pretty much within the final two minutes.  The country’s still a mess after the very real financial crisis depicted in the film, but at least things work out for Shia LeBoeuf and Carey Mulligan.  Michael Douglas seems pretty at home jumping back into his most famous role, but Gordon Gekko almost gets pushed to the sidelines by Shia’s quest for revenge against Josh Brolin, who destroyed his mentor with false rumors.  It’s all reasonably entertaining most of the way through but then something will happen that strikes such a false note that it will completely take you out of the movie.  I found the original Wall Street to be somewhat overrated (well, maybe just dated) so I didn’t have the highest expectations in the world but it seemed to me that this movie had the potential to be a lot better.

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