Donald Clarke

Whingeing about cinema and real life since 2009

Oliver Stone Never Sleeps (alas)

The last line of the current trailer for Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps finds Shia LaBeouf asking Michael Douglas: “Is that a threat?” Good question. When we heard that the most bombastic, least subtle director of the 1980s was to …

Mon, Mar 22, 2010, 02:13

   

The last line of the current trailer for Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps finds Shia LaBeouf asking Michael Douglas: “Is that a threat?” Good question. When we heard that the most bombastic, least subtle director of the 1980s was to helm a sequel to Wall Street we all felt much the same way. What did we do to deserve that? Oh yeah. We all bought mortgages we couldn’t afford and generated a financial meltdown that made just such a project inevitable. (It’s so “relevant”, you see).

Oh well. At least it’s not a sequel to Natural Born Killers. That really would have been too much to bear.

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There’s a real lesson here about how trailers function. The promo above is, you’ll agree, not very promising. Even if we brush aside its beginning with an allusion to the “greed is good” speech, the decision to bring in Sympathy for the Devil at 00.37 remains unforgivably moronic. Do you get it? Gordon Gecko is like the Devil and, in the earlier film, we might have felt some sympathy for him. Sympathy…for…the…Devil. Please try harder. The plot seems really boring: Carey Mulligan, playing Gordo’s daughter, falls for Charlie Shian (get it?) just as he gets seduced by the old crook’s schemes. The actors all seem slightly sedated. The dialogue appears to retread all the old themes. And another thing: Carey Mulligan as Michael Douglas’s daughter? Yeah, granddaughter more like.

Anyway, my point here (relax 20th Century Fox) is that the first trailer for the film was super cool. They put the joke about the big mobile phone up at the front and focused on hurtling helicopters and rapidly slung quips. The film looked like a happy amalgam of Cape Fear and The Bourne Ultimatum — in a good way. Sadly, we are going to have to wait a while to assess the real thing. Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps has been kicked way back to September 24.