Wall Street – The Money Never Sleeps

The Prelude:

I actually wanted to watch Anjaana Anjaani initially, but that turned out to be a bummer. Began reading about the first Wall Street movie and it sounded very interesting. Hence, decided to have a peek at it. Also, Shia LaBeouf and Michael Douglas in the same movie, was a little hard to resist.

The Premise:

Jake Moore (Shia LaBeouf) is a young trader who works with KZL bank and is pretty successful at what he does best. Trading. However, as the global economy reaches the brink of disaster in 2008, Jake loses his mentor Louis Zabel (Frank Langella)  to a rumour which is actually a conspiracy. In order to find the real reason behind Zabel’s death and to alert the financial community of impending doom, Jake partners with disgraced former trader Gordon Geiko (Michael Douglas) on a mission. The story also has Jake’s fiancee Winnie (Carrey Mulligan) who is Gordon’s only daughter, the one who shares a hate relationship with her father. Winnie cautions Jake to not take risks with Greedy Gordon . However, Jake refuses and the story then has a dramatic turn of events and at the end of the day, the real player, Bretton James (Josh Brolin) is convicted and the movie ends well.

My Conclusion:

They normally say, that sequels to most movies are mindless and consisted of utter nonsense. Oliver Stone, however, proved them wrong this time around.

The movie’s highpoint is its DIALOGUES. On listening carefully, each dialogue can actually be spelled AWESOME in the dictionary of investment bankers, traders and regular stock watchers. I personally liked it when, Geiko was introducing his book, “Greed is Good”… He mentions, “Someone reminded me I once said “Greed is good”. Now it seems it’s legal”.. Sounds perfect. Especially when Michael Douglas delivers it. The speech after that was absolutely mind-boggling. Most scenes had some neat verses which made the audience truly Listen and Understand.

As far as the actors go… Michael Douglas is back. In style. The portrayal of the wickedness in his character, in addition to the emotional drama was mature and well portrayed. Carrey Mulligan, as Winnie, was tender, vulnerable and in my purview, beautiful. Her sadness of not having a family, in spite of having a family are shockingly sad. Frank Langella has a short but very very impressive role.

The cake however, was taken away, by the young, dynamic and strikingly handsome La Beouf. Not many characters can play empathetic, sensible, ambitious, vengeful characters, all in one go. And that too, with not too much exposure to good cinema. Fantastic performance, Jake Moore.

The film has been photographed brilliantly. So much so, that you probably, fall in love with New York City and Long Island, just by the sheer magnificence of small landscapes shown in the movie. Not mentioned Zabel’s suicide in the subway. Sent a chill down my spine.

The bikes used in the movie are sheer virtual orgasms to the ones watching them. The one used by the lead, was so good, that for some moments, even a reluctant pillion like me would want to go for a long long drive on a bike like that.

Overall, the movie is slick and racy, to keep you at the edge of your seat. You have to be focussed or else, the movie loses its charm. A good good watch, if you liked reading about the recession and the ways in which it was “facilitated”.

My rating 4/5



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