After a gap of nearly about 24yrs, the sequel of the original Wall Street (1987) has been released now worldwide. I wonder where the courage and strength comes inside the makers to even think of any sequel which the original had already been released 10-20yrs before. These makers definitely deserve a good appreciation for having the guts to make such kind of movie, and plus they work on their product with their extreme full efforts so that atleast they be safe from a fall down if compared with the original one. Wall Street 2 exactly got just safe.
In part 1 the story was about one share broker, Bud fox (Charlie Sheen), who has hunger to reach success in a very short period of time. And it’s also the story of about one man, Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas), who is a big corporate guy and holds a big MNC company under him. Eventually they got united and were trading in stocks with the source of Bud Fox who was doing illegal things to get the inside information from the several companies. Later it was shown that some serious conflict happened between Bud Fox and Gordon, and Fox was behind the bars. But at the end writer has also shown us that Police has got some strong evidence against Gordon Gekko through which he can be also behind the bars.
Now in part 2, the very first shot it is being shown to us that Gordon Gekko is being now released from the Jail after some many years. On the other side, there’s one young dynamic boy, Jake Moore (Shia LaBeouf), who is a stock broker and works under Louis Zabel (Frank Langella), also his girlfriend, Winnie Gekko (Carey Mulligan), was the daughter of the great man Gordon. Now Louis had a major fall down in his business and because of his competitor Bretton James (Josh Brolin) he had to commit suicide. Now Jake was offered a job offer from Bretton and he accepted, also he wanted to take a good revenge from Bretton as because of him, his mentor Louis had committed suicide. In that Gordon was ready to help him but only one condition that he gets united with her daughter, as Winnie hated his father like anything because of some past reason. But Gordon was having some other evil plans on his mind. He wanted that 100million dollar which was deposited in the Switzerland account in the name of her daughter, which he has deposited when Winnie was small, and now only can be withdrawn with the signature of her daughter. What happens at the end is a mix match of the relationships drama between a father and his daughter with the victim played by Jake.
If compared with the old one, then definitely the old one beats it, as the Writer and the Director Oliver Stone has given a proper justice to the name “Wall Street”. As just in Part 1 it was being shown as ‘Business’ in ‘Business’, and in the sequel it is being shown us as “Business’ in Relationships’, which is although being presented well but the overall script is not being able to digest it properly. In the sequel, Director Oliver Stone has presented us his new baby in a very well mannered and can be called as in efficient manner, but the writers here, Allan Loeb and Stephen Cliff, has made a mistake in adding ‘Business’ in ‘Relationships’ which didn’t at all give justice to the title “Wall Street” with the tagline as “Money Never Sleeps”. After watching the film it is being clearly visible that this title is being totally taken just like that only from its first part, where Gordon usually says “Money Never Sleeps”. Also to be noted down one thing that the overall length of this film (more than 2hrs) is too long. Because of this the film is being prolonged a little bit and the audience feels like an unnecessary stretched. This feels a little boredom many a times throughout the film. Plus the overall stock corporate environment was also missing as compared with its part one.
But as I mentioned earlier the film got safe by getting negative points just because of by splendid performances and manageable script to entertain the audience. Performance by Michael Douglas was outstanding, though he was looking too old but his screen presence and his dialogue delivery is totally flatter-able. A short cameo by Charlie Sheen was a good surprise-able, but was wasted overall. And from the young cast, Shia LaBeouf and Carey Mulligan were good and decent.
‘Business’ in ‘Business’ worked out but ‘Business’ in ‘Relationships’ didn’t worked out. Still it’s a good memory down lane for those who are still a big fan of its 1st series “Wall Street (1987)”. And for others who are into stock broking firm will enjoy this movie, and the rest will find bore.
3 / 5