Movie Review: Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps (2010)
The Pride That Went Before the Fall
A.O. Scott, The New York Times, 23 September 2010
Wall Street is a mess, a morass, a snarl of contradictions large and small — a magnet for envy and indignation, fear and worship. Why should “Wall Street” be any different?
The full title of Oliver Stone’s hectic new chapter in the Gordon Gekko cycle — a conventional sequel that is also a corrective, a parody and a sly act of auto-homage — is “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,” and the movie has an insomniac restlessness that is by turns thrilling and enervating. It is as volatile as the Dow Jones on a day of seesaw, high-volume trading, as Mr. Stone and the screenwriters (Allan Loeb and Stephen Schiff) scramble to capture the cacophonous cultural rhythms of right now, not so long ago and some vaguely recollected bygone age when things were different.