Wall Street was the cinematic exclamation point to the slick “Me,me,me” greed of the ’80s. An Oliver Stone film that’s as accessibly mainstream as they come, Wall Street famously introduced “Greed is Good” to the American lexicon. It also gave us a Michael Douglas performance (as the charming douchebag Gordon Gecko) that didn’t show flabby ass cheeks or the Douglas O-face.
20+ years later, Wall Street lands a sequel courtesy of Oliver Stone– one that perfectly coincides with greed’s 2008-2010 economic consequences. Gecko’s back after a 20 year prison stint and, apparently, ready to atone for his sins with the help of Shia “No-no-no-no-no…OPTIMUUUUUUUUS!” LaBeouf and a huge cell phone. Still, important questions remain: Will Gecko deliver a geriatric beatdown to Charlie Sheen, the guy who ratted him out in the first film? Will LaBeouf make the transition from teen actor to adult heavy-hitter? Will we see a Michael Douglas ass-resurgence?
I can’t tell you, but this sucker (stacked with acting awesomeness courtesy of Carey Mulligan, Josh Brolin, Frank Langela, Susan Sarandon and Vanessa Ferlito’s lips) landed on our top 10 for 2010 on last week’s KVNU movie show and after watching the trailer, my anticipation for April 23 hasn’t changed.