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Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps

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Reduced interest, but Douglas earns his crust…

Wall Street Money Never Sleeps

One handkerchief (silk).One necktie (silk too). One watch (gold). One ring (gold too). One gold money clip (no money in it). And one mobile phone (bloody huge)...

Out of prison and back in business for the meltdown noughties, capitalist anti-superhero Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) is as irresistible as he was in Oliver Stone’s 1987 phenom.

Oddly, there’s not nearly enough of him in Stone’s money melodrama, but Douglas eats up the screen every second he’s on it.

Flipping Charlie Sheen’s arc, trader Shia LaBeouf (keen, rarely electrifying) goes from idealism to corruption as the mini-Gekko attempting to marry GG’s estranged daughter Carey Mulligan (little to do except cry) only to become his protégé.

But it’s big-biz bastard Josh Brolin who’s Gekko’s true heir, a financial predator who in real life would have used Stone’s original Wall Street like a Bible.

Still, if 21st-Century greed now makes the ’80s look meek, Stone’s first ever sequel is having too much fun to get angry or prophetic. Breezing effortlessly through a chewy, witty, double-bluffing script, Stone playfully throws in cine-tricks (split-screens), cameos (Sheen), gorgeous cinematography (the suits, the skyscrapers) and delicious fresh zingers (“Sorry about Lou, one of the toughest guys that ever wore shoes…”).

There’s no bottom line here, but as a slick diversion, it’s bang on the money. Sinking yours into the Blu-ray buys you luxurious new levels of detail, plus a wad more extras than on the DVD. Pity none of them were coughed up in time for review…

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