All the Money in the World is crime thriller film directed by Ridley Scott and is based on the book Painfully Rich: The Outrageous Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Heirs of J. Paul Getty. It stars Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer, Mark Wahlberg, Romain Duris, Charlie Plummer, Andrew Buchan, and Timothy Hutton.
The Story/The Direction:
The film takes place in 1973 when real life J. Paul Getty's (Christopher Plummer) refuses to give money to kidnappers of his grandson, John Paul Getty III (Charlie Plummer). He does hire Fletcher Chase (Wahlberg) to advise him and his ex-daughter in law, Gail (Williams) and try to get his grandson back without spending a dime.
Ridley Scott is known for his big films such as Blade Runner, Alien, and Gladiator, to name a few, but here he is relatively restrained. There are no big explosions or deep questions aside from looking at the psychology of someone not willing to spend his money to save his family. However, this film looks fantastic as it is able to set the audience right in the middle of 1973. This story is a classic one with a beginning, middle and end and Scott's direction add tension to that. Even though this film is subtle in comparison to his other films, it still has some of Scott's grandeur attributes especially when he shows Plummer's Getty.
Plummer is absolutely brilliant and it really hard to even imagine Spacey in the role. Getty makes Ebenezer Scrooge look like a big spender. He may spend a lot but only if its an investment to make him more money in the process. Anything else is a no go. This film looks into his psychology and what makes him tick. What makes him turn away his ex-daughter in law away because the stock market is not stable enough for him to give up $17 million when that's how he makes in a day. Williams is also great as Gail and the audience sees she cries and begs just to get her son back which makes Getty's turn away even more powerful.
The biggest flaw is Mark Wahlberg who was terribly cast, not that he had a lot given to him. Anything given to his character is told through one line of dialogue. The audience gets no background on him so his character is fairly one-dimensional. In addition to that, Wahlberg is no different from his other roles. Furthermore, this film tries to give the kidnappers background and make them complex however that ultimately feels unsatisfying. This is because their development is done through dialogue and not shown to you.
This film is probably going to be remembered Kevin Spacey (who originally played Getty) being replaced by Plummer within two months before the film's release after there were sexual-assault allegations against Spacey. Scott was able to bring in Plummer and reshoot every scene in that time frame and get a beyond fantastic performance from Plummer. With how much of this character is in the film, its a marvel just on a production level that Scott was able to do this. This good film is worth seeing once for Plummer alone however probably not again after that.
Rating: 3.0/5.0 bowties
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