Here’s my video review of Oliver Stone’s‘s “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” from KTKA-49.
23 years ago slimy corporate raider Gordon Gekko became one of the most iconic movie characters of the 1980s when Michael Douglas—who won a Best Actor for playing him—famously said: “Greed, for lack of a better word, is good.”
In the first “Wall Street,” Gekko ended up in jail, which nowadays seems like a lot of wishful thinking. The timing for this new sequel—subtitled “Money Never Sleeps”—couldn’t be more deadly. And who better than Oliver Stone to shine a harsh light on our current financial situation and still tell an accessible, entertaining story?
Well, it turns out: maybe anybody.
Stone’s film tries to be too many things at once and fails at all of them. It’s not a convincing family drama, it’s not a compelling rise-and-fall story, the main characters’ redemption seems completely forced, the plot twists are painfully obvious to everyone but the people onscreen, it has a sluggish pace, the speeches are preachy, it offers no real insight into the current financial collapse, and worst of all—it’s dreadfully boring.
The message Stone is sending with this movie isn’t hard to understand: If we don’t change the things at the core of our financial system, we’re doomed to repeat the same mistakes with bigger consequences.
Thing is, I didn’t have to watch a cinematic icon tarnish his reputation for over two hours to figure that out. I can just watch the news.