Aneesh Chaganty

Movie #37 Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps

In Uncategorized on October 26, 2010 at 3:53 AM

Movie #37 Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps

(2010, US, d. Oliver Stone)

They say an editor’s job is to be invisible. When a movie is good, you can never tell how much work the editor took to skillfully piece the film together. But when a film is edited badly, no matter how good the actual content was, the picture will be a mess. Such is the case of the lackluster sequel to Wall Street. It had all the necessary ingredients: the right cast (Shia LaBeouf, I will admit is one of my favorite actors), the right script, a historically and socially relevant sequel, and the right director. What went wrong? The answer: The editing. Arguably the most poorly edited film of the year so far, the editor actually retarded the pace of what should have been a fast and gripping story set in the economic collapse of 2008. Not a single character decision or plot point seemed impactful, the editing choices were poor and very flamboyant, and the music selection (maybe not the editor’s choice) was just not consistent. But all this negativity pales in comparison to the most inconsistent ending of all. What begins as a intense drama ends like a romantic comedy – with a happy LaBeouf clan celebrating a child’s birthday party on a Manhattan rooftop. Was I even watching Wall Street? For that, Mr. Stone, you get no sympathy.

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