The first Wall Street film gave us a great in-depth look at the world of the stock market business in the 80's, and the greed and power involved in it as seen by the up and rising stockbroker Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen) and the ruthless Gordon Gekko (an excellent performance by Michael Douglas). The end of the first film left some questions unanswered, which you could say is for the best.
Well, the sequel Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps seems to be here to answer those questions anyways while expanding upon the information we know. This film focuses on a stockbroker named Jake Moore (Shia LaBeouf) in the modern day stock market business as he partners with Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas), while dealing with other financial issues and partnerships. There's more to it than that, but I'm trying my best to keep it simple and not spoil anything.
I liked its continuation from the first and how it explains anything that was unexplained in the first, like I said before. As well, this film gives us a more "modern" insight on the stock market business considering that it has changed since the 80's which Wall Street took place in. And of course, Michael Douglas certainly makes yet another great performance.
However, there's less focus on Gekko compared to Shia LaBeouf's character, and other people including Carry Mulligan and Josh Brolin, which was a little dissapointing. I liked them, but you didn't care for them as much. I also personally thought someone could suit the role of Jake Moore better than Shia could, but he was still not bad.
The film and its events feel quite similar to the first with a few twists and changes to it, which can be good and bad. However, this film has less going on and feels a little slow, making it weaker than the first. I can go on and on about what's good and bad about it. But overall, I'll say it's a really good sequel only because it's too much to compare it to the original. The movie itself is really good, so if you see it, don't be expecting it to be as great as the first, just enjoy it for what it is.