Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Wednesday Movie Night: Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)

Oliver Stone decides to carry on with the Wall Street movie from the 80s in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps. Why? Will probably be what most people ask in response. The story lulls badly in some parts, and it seems like a movie just to feel in the what happened later questions you might have if you liked the first movies.

Jake Moore is dating Winnie Gekko, and she wants to make no mention of her father, Gordon Gekko. He has just been released from prison, and is making sure to give the media hype around his release attention in order to not look so disgraced by his peers in the business.
When Gordon sees the perfect chance to take down a Wall Street enemy he enlists Jake behind Winnie's back to help him. Also, Gordon wants to rebuild his empire after doing so, but he has different plans for that. No one is really happy about Jake helping him out though, especially Winnie, and it is putting a lot of pressure on their relationship.

While well acted the story for some reason feels a little disconnected from the characters. After all the complex build ups it almost ends too simply. The chemistry between Shia LaBeauf, and Carey Mulligan also works. Shia isn't a bad looking guy, but he seems more like a guy who would be into an artsy chick than some motorcycle babe. Because of this he seems to have a more realistic romance with her and the movie, and they become the most interesting part of it. The scenes between them were what to look forward to. The story of Gordon's strained relationship with his daughter was interesting also. Because Gordon is such a messed up character you dislike him, but yet still want to see him come out the good guy. Michael Douglas knows how to play that part well.

Carey Mullingan seems to have a lot of potential though. She lands roles in movies like An Education, Drive Shame, and the upcoming The Great Gatsby. In some ways she is still looking for her spot to shine in that isn't out shined by someone else. You can tell she has potential, but this movie isn't that break through spot for her either.

The movie doesn't move too fast in a lot of spots either. The stories of Winnie, Jake, and Gordon are interesting, but there are a lot of other things going on in the movie too that will probably lose you just because no one wants to sit around and actually tune in for those discussions at least not when you are looking to be entertained. Stone does throw in some of these little transitions that keeps the movie moving though. Some people might think it is a bit much, but it keeps it sort of young, and pacing it well since the way the transitions are done catch your eye.

Also, depending on your perspective of guys who were making music in the 80s you might like the music, or you might not. David Byrne and Brian Eno come together to make the backing music, and as someone who enjoys both their music it made a very nice touch to the movie. Also, you can't really end a movie better with any other songs than "This Must Be the Place".

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps will be for people who mostly enjoyed the first one and want to see a follow up though even they may not be very entertained by it. Though the characters have a nice story the other very technical money stuff is no fun to watch. The last place you want to be is in a meeting listening in to that sort of thing when you never aspired to be apart of that sort of business in the first place. It shows the corrupt side of beings though especially when money is involved.

Rating 3 of 5.

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