Wall Street Sequel Stands on Its Own

Wall Street Sequel Stands on Its Own

Hello, and once again welcome to the Duck Review. Today’s film is Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.

For those of you who do not know, this movie is actually the sequel to the 1987 film Wall Street, starring Charlie Sheen and Michael Douglas.

The sequel stars Shia LaBeouf, Michael Douglas, Josh Brolin, and Carey Mulligan. The film takes place 23 years after the original and revolves around the financial crisis of 2008. The movie primarily centers on Jacob Moore (Shia LaBeouf) seeking revenge on Bretton James (Josh Brolin) for the injustice he did to Jacob’s mentor.

The subplot focuses on Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas), who was recently released from prison for tax evasion and insider trading. Gekko’s main motive is to help Wall Street before the stock market crash and to rebuild his relationship with his daughter, Winnie (Carey Mulligan).

I will be honest with you folks, I did not see the original, so I have no idea what the back-story is. Throughout the movie I found the “insider” financial lingo confusing, but I feel I got the general gist of the plot. The acting in this movie is quite gripping, especially by Michael Douglas whose persona of Gordon Gekko is truly phenomenal. Josh Brolin also portrays the sleazy businessman to a T.

Overall, I enjoyed this film. Is it worse than the original? I do not know. I will figure that out later, but what I do know is this Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps gets three and half stars out five on my review.