Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps ★★½

Cheaply sentimental, especially considering how bleak the first movie was. Also, Oliver Stone's direction feels somehow less confident, like he's hiding behind stylish editing and camerawork for fear he'll bore his audience. This is most evident during Gordon Gecko's monologue at the beginning, which we only hear excerpts of and in which the camera cuts to audience reactions uncomfortably often. Did Stone forget that Gecko's monologue in the first film, which we were given in its entirety, was one of the most memorable things about it? Still, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps is a fun enough watch; at least Michael Douglas (and David Byrne, for that matter) hasn't missed a step.

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