By: Henry J. Fromage (Four Beers) –
Gordon Gecko’s back, finally released from prison after the events of the first Wall Street and now let loose in a business environment just as bad or perhaps even worse than the 80s. Is he going to get back to his old tricks, now with a new young mentee who happens to be dating his daughter in tow, or is he a reformed man?
Wall Street was a sweet flick, and the 2nd edition keeps a lot of its sensibilities and translates them to the current financial/moral crisis onWall St. All of the backstabbing and backroom dealing is there, and Gordon Gecko is the master of his evil domain.
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For some reason the scriptwriter felt that he needed to show the “human side” of one of film’s most completely awesome villains. Most of the movie involves setting up his inevitable domination of his enemies and callous disregard of everyone else. You’re actively rooting for this after seeing Carey Mulligan burst into tears for the fifth time.
We get it, you cry a lot…
… and then he gets a conscience all of a sudden? Wtf Oliver Stone?
Tip one back for the editing as well, which is a bit too fast and flashy, something Oliver Stone does, but usually he makes a point with it. Here it feels like he’s overcompensating…
… which he is. Oliver Stone used to be on the cutting edge of blending technique and sharp commentary. Wall Street, Platoon, Natural Born Killers… awesome. World Trade Center, Alexander… not so much.
I still do not officially recognize this film’s existence. I will set light to any copy I run across.
WallSt.2 was a golden opportunity to get back to the good stuff using one of his best characters in a tailor-made situation. Then he goes asHollywoodconventional with the ending as possible, shitting all over not one, but two movies. Good job, Oliver Stone, you’re officially geriatric.
Maybe these can prevent further atrocities.
Don’t watch it. A second helping of Gekko isn’t worth dirtying our memory of the firstWall St.
Bonus Drinking Game
Take a Drink: every time Gordon Gecko does something humane
Take a Drink: every time his daughter cries
Take a Drink: every time somebody says “derivative”
Drink a Shot: Charlie Sheen cameo!