I finally saw this movie today, playing on HBO. The original film, WALL STREET, is one of my all-time favorite movies. But from the minute I first heard about a sequel I just had a feeling that there was no way it could live up to the original. None of the trailers that I saw for it changed my perception, so therefore I didn’t go to see it in the theaters. Well, now that I’ve seen it for myself, I’m sorry to say that my initial impressions were correct. Although I do accept that perhaps part of my reaction is a self-fulfilling prophecy. Maybe I just had such low expectations that I couldn’t allow myself to like. I dunno.
The original Wall Street was brilliant in the way it told the story of Bud Fox, who went from a rising idealist to a cocky investor, to a disillusioned broken man within the course of the film. It was also interesting to see the contrast between the values of Bud’s father and of Gordon Gekko. This movie just didn’t have the same narrative. I never got a real feel for what drives the character of Jacob Moore, the way I did for Bud Fox. Gekko’s scheming deception was well-played, but I thought his redemption @ the end was a little too pat, for my tastes. Also Josh Brolin’s Bretton James character almost seemed redundant. Why do you need another villain in the film, when you’ve got Gordan Gekko?
I should say that the actual performances were great, all the actors played their roles well, so I don’t think it’s their fault, it was just an uninspired story.
Just my opinion.