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½ April 19, 2018
the script is smart and original, while immersive. labeouf can hold up to douglas' highly entertaining, slimy gordon gekko. both are the best things about the movie.
March 31, 2018
The film had a lot of promise with a solid premise, great cast, and Oliver Stone at the helm as director but it's attempts to modernize the message of it's predecessor lack the depth it truly deserves thus leaving in its wake a rather disappointingly forgettable sequel.
January 1, 2018
Oliver Stone tries to recapture the magic of his original 'Wall Street', but comes up short. Michael Douglas returns as Gordon Gekko, but Stone not knowing what he wanted to say in this film didn't help. Neither did the miscasting of the slight Shia Labeouf as Gekko's most recent protégé. Too much melodrama involving Gekko's teary-eyed daughter (Carey Mulligan) and not enough hardcore financial scenes with Douglas causes this rehash to miss the mark.
½ December 25, 2017
Rewatched this Christmas Eve - odd that Stone whose first Wall Street was a classic choose to try and tell a feel good story here. Perhaps movie would have been better if it had ended with Gecko in London and the Josh Brolin character in trouble. Has a sappy quality the first didn't have. Was a mediocre movie.
September 9, 2017
On a directorial circumstance, Oliver Stone doesn't deliver so much as to make something closely better to the first film, but throws in some dramatic family influences that seem to cut off the movie at its marketable view points. However, if you're into the stock market like I am, then you'll enjoy the movie as much as I did. Not having any understanding of what's going on will throw you off big time when they add in the cheesy love story between a man and a women and an unworthy father involving a financial crisis.

Performances by Shia LaBeouf and Carey Mulligan was questionable at times and noticeable when pulling off the act for themselves much less for the characters they were playing, but it was indeed great to watch Michael Douglas in the movie sequel that originally helped his career sky rocket to an Oscar winning performance.

The original should stand as the better film and the better Stock Market lifestyle with less theatrical situations and more money talk.
½ May 13, 2017
Wall Street 1 was that much more edgy, captivating, and a whole lot more accurate / less cringe on what the world of financial markets is actually about.
½ May 11, 2017
Michael Douglas shines again in the role of Gordon Gekko but Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps does not feel as fresh and "greed is good" is really only good the first time.
January 22, 2017
An OK movie. Not as good as the original. The cast was OK as well as the plot.
½ January 20, 2017
Decent, but why make this film?
December 26, 2016
This was a great sequel as far as sequels go. However, the acting is top notch. Shia Portrays a powerful performance as the lead. His vulnerability and Wall Street smarts are believable with the dialogue provided he's sensational along with Michael Douglas and Josh Brolin who both play excellent parts but Shia by far surprised and was able to take this film to the next level. The film itself I wish had a better 3rd act the thesis plays here because as a sequel you need to think
About moral hazard ;) overall entertaining and a film that can be watched for multiple viewings and seen from different perspectives.
Super Reviewer
December 26, 2016
A great sequel about the endurance of the money game and the pleasure for some to be in the speculation battle, with a sharp dialogue and another amazing performance by Douglas in this compelling story whose sole misstep is a weak, unnecessary conflict in the final act.
December 10, 2016
I couldn't keep up with the plot. Maybe if I try to watch it again but it didn't keep my attention at all!!!
November 9, 2016
Lo mejor de todo Carey Muligan, la banda sonora de David Byrne y el estilo visual de Oliver Stone.
August 3, 2016
Like many sequels, this movie did not quite live up to the original. However, it was entertaining. The story does a decent job of working through the economic crash of 2008. It did gloss over the roll of the democrat run congress' roll in the collapse. However the movie did not slant heavily left or liberal which was a pleasant surprise - especially come from the likes of Oliver Stone. It is definitely worth watching and judging for yourself.
July 30, 2016
The original 'Wall Street' has always been one of my favorite films of all time, so the thought of a sequel naturally peaked my interest. Could Michael Douglas bring back Gordon Gekko with the same powerful and evil nature he'd first portrayed? Could Oliver Stone make a sequel that rivaled the tones and story of the first film? Would Shia LeBeouf make a good addition to the cast and story? The answer to all three questions was a resounding YES! Gordon Gekko is back, and Mr. Stone superbly crafts a story that takes you through numerous emotional curves. I left the theatre wanting to change myself for the better because of what I learned through the story.
½ June 17, 2016
Great cast but mediocre plot. Stone did the same story again and again the final is almost like a fairy tale.
½ May 4, 2016
A bit of an uneven sequel to the great original. LeBouf and Douglas are fine, and when the script talks about money and greed it gets interesting, but the movie itself is widely uneven, with some genuinely wtf moments.
March 11, 2016
Ok follow-up to Wall Street, but unneeded. Michael Douglas just doesn't have the material to work with here, aside from some bits toward the end, and Shia LaBeouf lacks the suave magnetism Charlie Sheen had in the original. Gekko being made into a human figure who decries the excesses of capitalism rings hollow, and the end of the movie (before the credits scene) is probably the most forced good ending I've ever seen (he betrayed them for god's sake). Josh Brolin does a fair job as the new Gekko stereotypical businessman, but lacks anything unique. The one good thing I will say about this movie though is that the Sheen cameo was totally unexpected, as he wasn't on the playbill or anything. It was nice to see Bud Fox return for a bit. Overall, stick to the original and check out the Sheen cameo on Youtube.
½ February 28, 2016
Leg warmers, vans, the Rubik cube, Danger Mouse, Pac Man and Gordon Gekko. No, it's not the return of the '80s, just one of its most extreme icons.

After 23 years of sequel speculation, Michael Douglas has returned to his Oscar-winning role as Gordon Gekko, the most ruthless stock market player in history.

Under the shining lights of the big apple, Gekko rained supreme in the original. His mantra of ''Greed is Good'' and creating wealth by stealth set the benchmark for yuppies the world over.

With serendipitous timing, the global economy once again teeters on the brink of disaster as yet another Wall Street 'bubble' is about to burst.

Up-and-coming stock trader Jacob Moore (Shia LaBeouf) is trying to minimise its impact on his clients, and his own pocket, while also planning to propose to his girlfriend Winnie Gekko (Carey Mulligan).

Winnie, the estranged and disgruntled daughter of the disgraced former Wall Street corporate raider, despises even the idea of her father.

When Gordon is released from prison after eight years for insider trading, no one is waiting with open arms.

As much shunned by the trading world as he is by his daughter, Gordon bides his time writing a best seller Is Greed Good?, which highlights the so called mistakes in life and delivers 'moral hazards' lectures. However, as Jacob's trade issues get more intense, he underhandedly seeks out Gordon's help under the guise of reconciliation with his daughter.

Against Winnie's pleas, Jacob partners with Gordon in a covert attempt to alert the financial community at large of the coming doom. Working under the mistaken assumption that Gordon is in fact remorseful for his actions, they attempt to uncover who is responsible for the forced suicide of Jacob's mentor, Lewis Zabel (Frank Langella).

But is reconciliation what Gordon really wants, or can he seduce Jacob with lust for the greenback and use him as a ticket back into the financial word?

A squandered opportunity, this padded and anti-climatic sequel adds no extra grandeur to controversial director Oliver Stone's repertoire. Obviously losing perspective as he is to close the project, Stone's loose idea has been filled with embellished emotion, inflated meaning and a ridiculously large amount of insider jargon.

Lacking any depth of meaning, the complex storyline of traders, investment companies, toxic debt, bail outs, energy creation, Swiss bank accounts, foul play and the Dow Jones is spat out at viewers with overzealous incomprehensibility.

Michael Douglas captures Gekko's essence again but lacks the distortion you would expect from the character's down time in prison. LaBeouf and Mulligan have a nice soft chemistry and Josh Brolin is strong as the new evil corporate destroyer Brentton James.

Carving some scene stealing cameos are Susan Sarandon playing Jacob's wonderfully flighty real estate pushing mum, Eli Wallach as an ageing and kooky big shot financier, and even Charlie Sheen makes a welcome and context laden return as Bud Fox.

The Verdict: With all good intentions aside, the characters are predictable, the sleazebag morals are self evident, the eco-purity is pandering to modern sensibilities and the volatile market downturn warning is about 18 months too late. The temple of the all mighty dollar has fallen and so has the Wall Street memory.

Published: The Queanbeyan Age
Date of Publication: 08/10/2010
½ February 17, 2016
All this movie has going for it is its name and the legacy of the original. Michael Douglas' acting is fine, but Shia LaBeouf is horribly miscast and seems to forget he is not in yet another Transformers sequel.

The plot is wholly unbelievable, directing mediocre, acting poor. This film is terrible.
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