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July 23, 2010 / TerranceTheTrailerTrasher

Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

Michael the Moviegoer – @@

First of all, I’m a big fan of the 1987 “Wall Street.” So the opportunity to follow Gordon Gekko’s continuing story is actually quite appealing. But I find myself disappointed in this trailer. I’m uninterested in seeing a movie about Gekko’s daughter’s fiance trying to bring them closer together. Yuk! Where is this movie’s bite? With all that’s happened on Wall Street in the years since the first film, this movie should be anything but the soap opera the trailer seems to promise. As it not-so-subtly points out, “It’s not about the money, it’s about you and me. It’s about doing the right thing. It’s about the game.” If that’s really what this movie is about, then I’m not game.

Terrance the Trailer Trasher – @@@

I thought the first “Wall Street” was weak. It’s taken on a new significance in the years since its release because the antagonist got twisted into a role model for the real Wall Streeters who contributed to our current recession. As such, it will be very interesting to see what Gekko has to say today. The trailer addresses this anticipation from the get-go. Don’t forget, the original protagonist was Charlie Sheen’s character. Looks like the sequel is poised to reexamine “greed is good” from the viewpoint of a modern day Bud Fox. And since it’s not unreasonable to have a romantic subplot, like in the original movie, I think your objection is silly, Michael. I see Shia LaBeouf as a fulcrum here, with his relationship arc equally balanced by his adventures with his girlfriend’s father. This flashy sequel looks better than the original and the trailer has me looking forward to it more than I thought it would.

Who do you think is right? Let us know with a comment!

The movie’s Initial Public Offering occurs on September 24, 2010.

Come back next week when we review trailers for “Charlie St. Cloud,” “The Other Guys” and “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.”

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