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“Wall Street 2” from Cannes: Gordon Gekko is Back


By Roger Friedman
Hollywoodnews.com:Oliver Stone’s “Wall Street” sequel, subtitled Money Never sleeps, is a hit. It’s a formula Hollywood movie in the great sense. For the first time in a long time, the formula works.

There are many good things to say about Money Never Sleeps. The script sings and zings with excellent dialogue and memorable one liners. It’s a simple story of greed and morality, with a twist you can see from the beginning. But the players are winning, and Stone doesn’t get bogged down. He plays the 2008 financial crisis like an end of the world movie. It’s “Deep Impact” but the falling Dow jones averages are meteors hurting to Earth.



Michael Douglas returns as Gordon Gekko after 23 years. It’s a slow starter performance, deceptively sly. I kind of prefer him this year in “Solitary Man,” but don’t be mistaken: as he says in the film, Gordon Gekko is back.



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