Picks from the flicks
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
Shia LaBeouf, Michael Douglas, Josh Brolin, Carey Mulligan, Charlie Sheen, Susan Sarandon, Frank Langella
Stone’s obsessions with the psychological roots of the recession takes precedence over his characters, which is both a good and bad thing – on one hand it’s comforting to get the cinematic version of a story we all know too well. On the other, young upstart Jake (played with just the right mix of ambition and humility by Shia LeBeouf) is treated as another product of the Y-generation, forced to make a not-very-difficult decision between the world of his do-gooding girlfriend and playing with big guns like Gekko (Michael Douglas) and his nemesis, Bretton James (a perfectly sleazy Josh Brolin). His intimate scenes with Mulligan are convincing and affecting. If you don’t cry when the banks collapse you will when the lovebirds fight.
– Rebecca Barry, Flicks.co.nz
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