Saturday, September 25, 2010

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

So money never sleeps..... But if you are under the age of 20, you will probably sleep during this movie.   With that being said, this was an extremely well acted, well-done movie.  When a person goes to the movies, it is usually to escape the real world.  For example, a person who went and saw Inception would usually come out of the theater thinking about how cool it would be to invade people’s dreams.  However, what do you do when you watch a movie that discusses real life issues?  This movie is no escape from the real world.  It IS the real world.

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps is a sequel to the movie Wall Street that was released in 1987.  I didn’t know it was legal to make sequels over twenty year later.  But I guess it’s legal.  I am pretty sure everyone in the theater last night had seen the first movie because the audience mostly consisted of people over the age of fifty.  Lots of old people.  I have never seen the original movie, but I mad sure to Wikipedia it before I went and saw the movie tonight.  If you have not seen the first movie, it would not hurt to spend five minutes reading what the first movie was about. Here's the link:

So, I loved this movie.  To be completely honest, it sometimes felt like I was in an advanced stock market class or something and I was lost for parts of the movie.  I didn’t understand exactly what was going on, but the movie still kept my attention.  The acting was phenomenal.  Michael Douglas (Gordon Gekko) and Shia LeBeouf (Jack Moore) are the two main players in the film and their acting skills are just awesome.  Carey Mulligan(Winnie Gekko) plays as Gordon’s daughter and is also a great actress.  The movie may be confusing, but the characters are so real, and so engaging that you don’t really care that you get lost with all the money terms.

Jack and Winnie are living the life.  They’re rich. They’re happily dating.  Everything is going great, until the housing bubble burst of 2008.  The movie follows their life as they try to cope with the economic crisis that the country experienced during this time.  Jack looks up to Gordon and asks for advice during these hard times.   Gordon becomes Jack’s mentor, at the strong disapproval of his girlfriend Winnie (Gordon’s daughter).  The movie plays out from there.  I don’t want to give out plot details.

So the big question! Do I think you guys should see it? Yes! The acting is great.  The story is engaging.  It does feel long at some parts, but it moves along fast enough to keep your interest.  If you have absolutely no interest in the economic crisis that we face today, then don’t go see this movie.  There is one point in the movie where Gordon gives a speech to college students.  I really felt like he was talking to me, and it made me think about what I am doing in my life to stay financially stable.

“Wow Justin, a movie that you will actually apply in your life?”

“Yes, I haven’t been able to build my dream-invading machine yet, so this is the next best thing.”

Go see the movie.  It’s good.   

WARNING( 2 F-bombs).  Just fyi.


  1. I loved this movie! but I love knowing about the stock market and investing. But it does have a way of making you feel your hard earned money is only pocket change. We are no doubt the NINJA generation just talk to all my recently college graduated, unemployeed friends.

  2. confession: i secretly love shia lebeouf. and by secretly, i kinda mean openly.