This sequel to the 1987 hit pretty much plays like director Oliver Stone’s strained attempt to personalize the stock market crash of 2008. It mostly centers on the relationship between Jacob (Shia LeBeouf) and Winnie (Carey Mulligan). But before they can marry, Jacob hopes to patch up the stressed relationship between Winnie and her father, the original Wall Street’s Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas), who’s just been released from prison and back in the public eye. Jacob, an up-and-coming broker, befriends Gordon, and they begin “trading” information: Jacob tells Gordon about Winnie, and Gordon offers Jacob advice on how to handle Bretton James (Josh Brolin), a slimy hedge-fund manager. Even though the acting is terrific throughout, the movie tries to do too many things, which doesn’t leave much room for the great Douglas or any new insight on the catastrophic economic downturn that’s still affecting the nation.
Director: Oliver Stone
Writer: Stanley Weiser, Allan Loeb and Oliver Stone
Producer: Michael Douglas, Eric Kopeloff, Edward R. Pressman and Oliver Stone
Cast: Michael Douglas, Shia LaBeouf, Javier Bardem, Carey Mulligan, Charlie Sheen, Susan Sarandon, Josh Brolin, Vanessa Ferlito, Frank Langella and Natalie Morales
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps