The other night, I attended a private screening for new movie Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps. This was no ordinary premiere party though; this was a screening with 100 or so of the best and brightest finance/investments/banking types in Boston, complete with open bar and concession stand. That’s right – all the Sour Patch Kids and Pinot Grigio you can eat and drink. Welcome to the good life baby.
A bit of background: Wall Street 2 is a sequel to the cult classic Wall Street, where we were first introduced to Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas), the cool as ice suspender wearing corporate raider that became the symbol of excess and greed in the 1980s Wall Street. Wall Street 2 opens in 2001 with Gekko being released from jail, after almost a decade of imprisonment for insider trading. With his crumpled suit and Zach Morris sized cell phone in hand, Gekko sees that no one has come for him upon his release. As Gekko stands alone among the reunited families of the other freed prisoners, perhaps this is suppose to make us wonder, “Is greed really good?”
|Not what my NYC apartment looked like...|
So Wall Street 2 was a disappointing follow-up, but how can you even began to compete with the iconic original? Here to hoping that Mr. Stone nips it in the bud with this sequel and let the classic stay a classic.
[Photos: 20th Century Fox]