Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Movie Review: Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleep

Warning to those who will be watching Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleep of 20th Century Fox is a conversational movie, it means don’t expect visuals and vibrant scenes in the movie. For others it may be boring to talk about stocks, trading and statistics, but if you revisit the first Wall Street in 1987 it is the same treatment, and Oliver Stone the director of both films did a great job in preserving the wall street mood and the attitude of the characters from 1987 to 2010 film. It is worth watching especially those who goes with the storyline and not in visuals.

I don’t want give spoilers, but all I can say I had fun seeing Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) back in the “game” and how he manipulates people like Jake Moore (Shia LeBouef) the same thing he did with Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen) in 1987. Transition of scenes maybe awkward, but the long fade in and out of the scenes shows the story breaths in and out longer to go deeper in the stories and lives of the characters. While the multi-framing part of the movie gives way to viewers see both sides rather focusing on one character talking without seeing who’s on the other line or by doing it on cut to cut basis. And lastly circle in video transition imposes how the worlds of all characters after a certain scene became smaller. Sometimes we those transitions inappropriate but it play a vital role in the story.

Shia interacts very well with Gekko’s character just like the way Sheen does in the first movie, an innocent soul wanting to be big in Wall Street who falls in the bait of Gordon’s greedy plans. There are things in the story that requires viewers to revisit the first film to understand what happen in Blue Star that leads to Gekko’s imprisonment and put rift between him and Fox and the way the “game” in Wall Street is being played. Aside from the transition of the story the good thing of revisiting Wall Street 1 before watching Wall Street 2 is you can compare how stock brokers and trading is done from 1987 and the present. The movie is too technical and more conversational that’s why I suggest that viewers should set their expectations in story flow rather than visuals. I hope they do enjoy the movie as I do.

Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleep also stars Josh Brolin, Carey Mulligan, Susan Sarandon and Frank Langella and it will be showing in all cinemas beginning September 29.

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