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.
Oliver Stone is supposed to be Hollywood's political guy but his movie about Wall Street after the worst economic crisis since the great depression is an utter piece of shit that has almost nothing to do with the financial crisis or those who were behind it. It's worse than just a bad movie it's a waste of an opportunity to show people how the economy of the world was nearly destroyed for the benefit of a few.