- great score
- great characters
- good fictional narrative on the financial collapse
- great oliver stone film
- the middle drags a bit
- some unneccesary scenes
Wall Street 2 is the follow up to Oliver Stone's original Wall Street film. The original film which debuted in the 1980s was a critical success. I believe that this film is also a success. The film takes place during the 2008-2009 economic collapse and recession. However, the majority of the film centers around Jack Moore (Shia LaBeouf) and his personal life.
Moore is living with Gordon Gekko's (Michael Douglas) daughter Winne Gekko (Carey Mulligan). Winne runs a far left blog and Moore is a Wall Street broker. He becomes involved with Gordon to try and fix Gordon and Winne's relationship. Winne blames her father for many of the misfortunes that have characterized her life since her father went to jail in the 1990s for insider trading. Gordon harbors a grudge against the Wall Street elites who put them there. And, blames them for being for more greedy than he ever was.
The film explores the economic collapse through the lens of Moore and his personal life. There is a great score in this film and the cinematography is great. I would say it is much better than some of the Oliver Stone films that have been released lately such as the satire on George W. Bush entitled W.
Wall Street 2 is a great follow up to the original Wall Street. It explores the character of Gordon Gekko and his personal dillemas. There is a moment of redemption for him at the end of the film, and perhaps he will let go of his theme "greed is good". The performances offered by Shia LaBeouf and Carey Mulligan are great. This is the only Oliver Stone sequel and he did a good job making it.