Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
Time Out says
When Gekko walks out of prison carrying an oversized, 1980s mobile, you know this is more panto than polemic. The film’s style is so brash and its tone so comfy that it’s hard to take seriously any attempt to capture the zeitgeist and nail the culture of greed. Brolin’s banker is especially wide: he owns a Goya and you half-expect him to grow horns and cackle wildly in front of it in the shadows. LaBeouf is fine, if a bit bland, as our morally wobbly tour guide around the world of finance, and Douglas relishes resurrecting his slick villain. A series of cosy cameos removes us further from reality: Charlie Sheen pops up as Fox; Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter plays himself; and Stone rears his head twice. Mulligan has no room to shine: her character is a sourpuss and though we’re meant to like her, the film sidelines her as being too dull, preferring to indulge shots of the shimmering city. This is a pulp novelisation of the banking crisis and its pleas for relevance ring hollow.
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