The time lapse between an original and its sequel is often inversely proportional to how much the sequel really has to add, either to the original story or the world in general. Time between The Godfather and The Godfather: Part II - 2 years. Time between Basic Instinct and Basic Instinct 2 - 14 years. (This may be an unfair example, since Basic Instinct wasn't a terrific movie to begin with, but I think you get the point.)
All of this is a roundabout way of saying that I was extremely not interested in the idea of a Wall Street 2. Wall Street came out in 1987, and had sort of become irrelevant to everyone except ambitious and unscrupulous i-bankers. 22 isn't the longest gap between sequels of all time - I think that title may belong to Return to Oz, which showed up 46 years after the original - but it's still a long fucking time. It's a long enough time to wonder whether anyone in the original is even still alive.
The difference with Wall Street 2, though, is that the big-time director and big-time star from the original are on board. Not that either Oliver Stone or Michael Douglas has had the most discerning taste of late - Alexander? You, Me, & Dupree? - but it's still a pretty rare event. Plus, the teaser trailer fucking rocks. It's so good. It's just an aggressive barrage of beautiful suits, over-saturated colors, & terrific actors all over a relentless beat; and by the time we get to Douglas, smoking a cigar and wriggling with self-satisfaction as he purrs, "You really should start calling me Gordon," my pants are thoroughly charmed off.
So, unlikely champion that I am, I'm willing to go to the mat for this one. Maybe "I can't resist Michael Douglas smoking cigars in suspenders" isn't the noblest of reasons, but it's a reason, dammit. I'll even defend Shia LaBoeuf's casting. I realize, again, that I am one of his few fans, but even those of you who hate him can't deny that casting him as an ambitious stockbroker right before the stock market crash of 2008 is pretty much genius. With a set-up like that, the movie is practically begging you to hate him. And how can you turn down an offer like that?
This man broke the economy.