Michael Douglas is back in his Oscar®-winning role as Gordon Gekko whose iconic “Greed is good” mantra and daring corporate raids made him a rock star of financial titans. No longer the king of Wall Street, Gekko emerges from Federal prison after serving eight years. While away, his wife has divorced him, his son has died, and his one remaining family member, his daughter Winnie (Carey Mulligan), won’t speak to him.
Resolute to win back the love of his daughter and determined to reestablish his position as Wall Street’s most powerful broker – Gekko joins forces with Jake Moore (Shia LaBeouf) who is engaged to Winnie. Jake personifies the brilliant technologically savvy individuals who by 2008 were making millions before they turned thirty. Gekko uses Jake to gain access to Winnie – and Jake seeks Gekko’s advice in gaining the upper hand over Bretton James, a ruthless investment banker whom Jake holds responsible for his mentor and firm’s destruction.
I bet this movie would have made much more sense if I knew anything at all about stock trading. Honestly, the only exposure I got to it was…well… Wall Street (1987). Oh, and Quicksilver (1986), I guess. Does Pursuit of Happyness count? But, forgive me, I know nothing about trading except for the fact that caddies…yell a lot on phones and stare at computer screens. Ahahaha.
That fact aside, let me say this: I tried to understand this movie, I really did. Because, the fact was it is possible to enjoy a movie even though you don’t really understand all the technical talk going on. Right?
Right. Sometimes. In this case, though, it was really hard.
Maybe it was because of the long, long, looooooooooong dialogues? Or maybe it was the editing. I think maybe the effects guy had too much fun. I didn’t know what he was trying to do, really. Split screens were okay, but the rest of the editing techniques felt like old school Batman to me.
But the acting… The acting was, in my opinion, very good. I mean, come on, it’s Michael Douglas AND Shia LaBeouf. (Whatever your opinion may be about Transformers, you have to admit, the boy acts well.) Michael Douglas is still terrific as Gordon Gekko, even if he’s not anymore the Gordon Gekko we used to know. And you can’t help but feel for Shia LaBeouf’s Jacob Moore. And…well, Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps truly had a really terrific cast. If there’s anything I enjoyed about this film, it’s the cast’s acting.
I leave you with a fair warning: read up a bit on trading before watching. And, if you can, watch Wall Street first. And DO NOT watch this movie if you’re sleepy. Please.
Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps opens September 29 in theaters from 20th Century Fox to be distributed by Warner Bros. Philippines.