Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps Review
Shia LaBeouf is pretty good, probably the saving grace for the Transformers films, and Michael Douglas is, well, old, but I figured the two of them together would be worth watching. Thankfully I was right.
Though the trailers played Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps up to be a thriller, it is nothing but pure, yet great drama. Being a Sequel to the 1987 film titled simply Wall Street starring Michael Douglas and Charlie Sheen, Money Never Sleeps picks up as Douglas' character Gordon Gecko is being released from prison for his crimes in the original film. Just so happens that Gordon's daughter Winnie, played by Carey Mulligan, is dating LaBeouf's character Jake, and she is not too fond of Gordon for abandoning her family.
Matters complicate as Jake is intrigued by Gordon's past, and takes it upon himself to meet his girlfriends father face to face. The trailers once again played up the tensions in the relationship between Gordon and his daughter. Although this is a large part of the film, Winnie is not as hard or unmoving regarding the relationsship with her father as the trailers have made her out to be. Due to the seemingly uninteresting subject matter of the film, I can forgive them for being desperate to draw moviegoers with these tactics, Money Never Sleeps does have alot to offer that a trailer cannot summarize.
The main antagonist of the film, Bretton James, is played by a brilliant Josh Brolin. He was my favorite character, but thats probably because his scenes were the only really riveting ones of the film, with lots of build up and suspense. The pacing of the film is slow, and its probably just a bit too long. I would have also liked to see more Michael Douglas in the film, hes actually not here all that much.
This probably is not a film for everyone. It can get boring at times, as they tend to drone on about financials for extended lengths, but there is plenty enjoy here. I wasn't aware Money Never Sleeps was a sequel, but I enjoyed this film enough to warrant a watch of the original Wall Street. I'm sure there are quite a few references I missed, so you may get more out of the experience if you start there.