But the film may put you to sleep.
This sequel appears to have been ill-conceived from the start. Obviously motivated by ego and greed himself, Stone thought the timing was right for another look at the bankrupt philosophical aspects of the financial world that he captured so memorably the first time around. Stone has some capable stars in Michael Douglas and Carey Mulligan. But as soon as Gordon Gekko’s character steps from prison, the film feels contrived and the sub-theme of Gekko’s estranged daughter involved with someone who becomes obsessed with the discredited financier is a major misstep. Think of the entire picture (including the unexpressive Shia LaBeof casting) as a stock market ticker where every new development in the film sends the stock price down. Avoid.
After reading a glowing review of the film that said “Catfish” is best enjoyed if you don’t know anything about it beforehand, I went into the theater knowing only that it involved some guys who met some people on the Internet and went to see them in person. Though I think the review said the film was a documentary, I couldn’t tell in the opening minutes of “Catfish” whether it was a real documentary or a take-off on one. At any rate, the film-makers are so self-absorbed and silly that you can’t take their journey seriously. The one thing you do know is that the people they eventually meet will be totally different from their Facebook profile. So, it’s no surprise when they do knock on the family’s door in the Midwest. It’s not fair to tell you about the family, but this much is fair to say: the film doesn’t get any better. Walking out of the theater, I didn’t’ just feel disappointed, but annoyed. However serious the intentions of the film-makers, “Catfish” is so clumsily put together that it feels disingenuous.