Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Do people actually find Shia LaBeouf credible as anything other than a nervy teen wimp? I guess Oliver Stone does, at least, which is why LaBeouf's been cast as the new Faust to Michael Douglas's Mephistopheles in "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps", the sequel to Stone's zeitgeist-capturing cheeseball original. The new film looks like more of the same - a half-hearted attempt at critiquing capitalism that's more about the soap opera lives of morally depraved billionaires. There are a few promising elements here: Douglas looks as compelling as ever reprising his most famous role, and radiant young actress (and current Oscar nominee) Carey Mulligan will no doubt hold her own. However, LaBeouf and his silly attempt at a Noo Yawk accent look to take center stage, totally rad motorcycle action is promised, and Stone hasn't done anything really worthwhile since the mid-90s, so it's hard to be optimistic. Nice cell-phone gag, though.
-Raj Ranade, '10