Compared to its prequel this is shameful in terms of its directing. Sad to see Stone fell into the postmodern filmmaking trends. The only thing made it watchable was not Gordon Gekko, but following the changes in society and the financial system relative to how they have been depicted in the original 1987 Wall Street.
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.
I've never enjoyed Shaia LeBouf's acting so much as I did here. Frankly, I wasn't entirely sure the son of a gun could act, but Stone seemed to bring out something great in him. Speaking of Stone, his direction otherwise felt really hot and cold here. Same with the script. Good for a watch though.
Incoherent, and sounded like it was written by people with spaghetti for brains. It is interesting though, how much Kirk Douglas I can see in the aging Michael Douglas, though his line delivery is more Charlton Heston in the seventies aging wanna-be-hipster. Like his acting, the movie tries too hard and seems confused, intimidated and a little desperate.
This film was so bad. Only redeeming quality was 1. the oversimplified condemnation of the banking sector for the economic crisis and really 2. david byrne. It was Inside Job - the realism of a well-made documentary + the fakeness of a movie with Shia Labeouf + the decent performance of Michael Douglas + the unrivaled amazingness of David Byrne's sounds - a good-quality movie... 2 stars: both for David Byrne.