Monday, 18 October 2010

The One Where JMcG Defends Wall Street In This Weeks Vote

OK. Strolling in to court late... JMcG - with his case, defending Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.

Have a read, and then vote to the left. Simple.

Why you have to Acquit Wall Street 2 of all Charges  

Don't get me wrong, Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps (hereinafter referred to as "MNS") is NOT a 5 star film. I am not here to prove that though. I am here to prove that it is not the 1 star disaster that my learned colleague ('learned' AT, it's pronounced 'learned') would have you believe it is...

In an age where pointless sequels are being churned out left right and centre by Hollywood,
Oliver Stone has arguably given us the most relevant film of the last 2 years; being, as it is, set in 2008 just before the global economy went tits up.

This is not a 9/11 movie (?) as AT suggests it should/could have been, and neither is it a cash cow. That claim could not be more off target. Oliver Stone had rejected numerous scripts for possible follow ups to his '87 original before finally going with one developed by Allan Loeb which he felt was worthy of sharing the Wall Street moniker. 'Wholly unnecessary' - give me a break.

MNS does it's job as a sequel. It develops Gekko's character and shows us that there is more than one side to his ruthless attitude. Douglas is irresistibly watchable and both Shia LaBeouf and Carrie Mulligan prove that they are not just there to make up the numbers. To quote AT - "Shia only gets picked for movies so he can't detract from the star". If anything, Shia provides one of the strongest performances of the film. AT also alludes to 'non talent' in this film and i can only assume that he is referring to the 95 year old actor Eli Wallach who's amusing bird noises (a quirky characteristic of an eccentric old banker who was around for the orignal 1929 Wall Street crash) garnered unnecessary levels of laughter and criticism from him.

Your honour, my learned friend suggests that my judgement of MNS is clouded because of my love of the original, but i will be the first to admit that the film has it's faults. Oliver Stone's choppy MTV style editing grates and there is a grossly mis-judged motorbike/action scene shoe-horned in to the middle act, however the charismatic cast and captivating story will keep you hooked.

AT claims that MNS is outright boring, however you must put this down to his lack of interest and understanding of the subject matter. The highly charged boardroom scenes are brilliantly executed and the emotional fall out Lois Zabel's (an outstanding Frank Langella) suicide is well played out.

To summarise, i believe that MNS is a fascinating insight into the sheer enormity of what the deregulated banks have done to the world and I for one am interested in that. AT clearly isn't.

Your honour and members of the jury; i would like to remind you that the burden of proof falls on prosecution in this case, and i believe that this is a burden which he has failed to discharge. He has claimed that this is the worst film of the year - a year in which he has seen some truly awful films (*cough* Resident Evil Afterlife) and if you truly believe that MNS is that poor then you have no choice but to find it guilty. If not, then you must find it innocent and acquit it of all charges.

The Defence rests.

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