[Without Your Love - oOoOO] Cause of under-performance: released too close to the housing crisis. Had this been released laterr it would have been more impactful plus there would have been enough distance. Still, a very enjoyable Stone that is less focused in Politics and more in the mechanics of greed. Never saw an actress fighting so hard to stop crying but being unable to. Ducatis and love over checkbooks. Shia=<3
A pleasant surprise. Oliver Stone has had a rough decade, and with this film it seemed like he was just trudging up an old success to try to wring out some commercial viability - which it probably is. But it's a slick, smart, well-made Hollywood melodrama featuring some fine performances. Not as ambitious or daring as Stone's best work, but an entertaining and worthy follow-up to the first film.
The only thing that bothered me was the ending, even though after you go through the film you can kind of accept it (that is if you know how Oliver Stone relates to Gordon Gekko) but at the same time, knowing Stone's past abilities at really splitting open a film to the heart of the matter, I think he could have dug more out of this. But in the end, it is his character in relation to the situation.
I brought my carpenter's belt to put the final nail in Stone's coffin, and he gave me his best film since Nixon. Rather than throwing invective at the screen, Stone examines of the bewilderment and hopelessness we all felt when we realized everything was a lie and that it would take years to recover. In doing so, he makes up for the cliché of the script and makes a fine film for the first time in 15 years.
As a stock broker, I was quite entertained. An accurate aproach of the financial crises, and how speculation has a huge (and bad) influence on the market. Great cast and performances. Langella and Eli Wallach ftw.