TRAILER: Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
Directed by: Oliver Stone
Written by: Allan Loeb & Stephan Schiff
Starring: Michael Douglas, Shia LaBeouf, Carey Mulligan, and Josh Brolin

It’s kind of weird that with the slew of franchise reboots and unwanted fifth entries in series, Oliver Stone has decided to make a franchise out of his 80’s exploration of the costs of big money.  Even when you look at the times we’re in, it seems odd that Stone wouldn’t just make a completely different movie with different characters that explored the modern age.  But here we are, leaving one of the worst summers in recent memory, heading into a fall that hopefully lifts the year up.  Stone can either help or hinder with his oddly risky sequel, and from the looks of the trailer, he may in fact knock it out of the park.

Structured largely around the release of the iconic Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) from prison and set to the The Rolling Stones’ Sympathy for the Devil, the trailer for Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps is among the finest trailers I’ve seen all year.  It composes a heavy-hitting cast in engaging montage sequences.  It does what a trailer is supposed to do: make you want to see the movie without ruining it, but also not leaving you in the dark plot-wise.  You watch trailers like The American or Going the Distance, and you either know the entire movie or nothing about it.  Knowing nothing can be good, but usually only when you see the movie without seeing the trailer.

People who’ve seen the original Wall Street know everything about Gordon Gekko’s operation as it pertained to that time period.  It ended with him in prison, and we pick him up leaving it, only this time in the digital age.  He has become, like a couple of Scorsese anti-heroes, a glorified con-man.

“Someone reminded me I once said ‘greed is good.’  Now, it appears it’s legal,” Gekko says opening the trailer.  The first film showed him corrupting Charlie Sheen’s young, ambitious stock broker.  This time he’s after Shia LaBeouf, but the stakes are different.  He’s involved with Gordon’s daughter (Carey Mulligan.)  Whether this has any real effect over their relationship isn’t revealed, and that’s why this trailer is so great.  It gives you a glimpse of this world, and makes you want to see more of it.

Highs: The pacing of the trailer, intercutting Gekko’s mocking words of wisdom with high speed chases and mysterious looks along to Sympathy for the Devil really makes this trailer move.

Lows: Is it still funny to make fun of cell phones from the 80’s?

Trailer Grade: A

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2 thoughts on “TRAILER: Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

  1. Great analysis. No, you’re right, the cell phone joke is tired. For some reason, “Sympathy for the Devil” seems out of place to me. And “Someone reminded me of something I said 23 years ago because it happened to be the tagline of the original movie” is just lazy writing. But the trailer does look good.

    • I guess “Sympathy” caters to certain tastes, but to me it was the perfect choice not just because of the pacing, but also thematically. And that line is a pretty lazy line, but the way it’s used to get attention as it pertains to the trailer is great.

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