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Maybe Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Won't Be Extremely Terrible

Wall-street-money-never-sleeps Oliver Stone's sequel to his 1987 classic Wall Street doesn't come out until September, but reviews are starting to trickle in and they're kind of encouraging.


Sequels are a tricky beast. Some of them are obvious and in development before shooting has wrapped on the original. Take Iron Man 2, which my husband and son and I checked out this weekend. It didn't quite have the pizazz of the original, but not having a sequel would feel like trailing off mid-sentence. Then there are sequels that, when you hear about them, inspire reactions of, "Oh...Really? I mean...hmm..." But sometimes a story is just good enough to support one. The Godfather is a prime example.

But does Wall Street, the signature portrait of 1980s ambition and greed, have the same chops?

Wall-street-money-never-sleeps When I initially heard about the sequel, I was intrigued but figured that it would probably suck. Particularly with Shia LeBeouf in a starring role. I like the guy, but there's a nervous insecurity inherent in nearly all of his roles that's starting to grate on my nerves. You know how Michael Cera always, always, always plays the adorably awkward love interest? The Beef always plays the, "Shucks, I didn't know I had it in me!" guy.

But an early review from the film's spin at Cannes sounds pretty promising. Oliver Stone seems to have found an opportunity in our recent economic clusterfuck to revisit the attitudes built into Wall Street, the ideals that keep young, enthusiastic finance grads, like The Beef's character Jake Moore, flocking to New York as soon as they can, eager to make fortunes for themselves and others.

Michael Douglas revives Gordon Gekko, who opens the movie with his release from prison in 2001, but Jake Moore is the center of the movie, as his investment firm starts to crumble when the bubble starts to burst.

Combining bits of the story of the Wall Street of the 1980s with what we know about how Wall Street evolved into its present existence sounds like it could be a finely crafted film. We shall have to see.


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