“All the Money in the World” Review ✦✦✧✧✧

6 January, 2018

Director: Ridley Scott
Screenwriter: David Scarpa
Director of Photography: Dariusz Wolski
Mark Wahlberg, Christopher Plummer, Michelle Williams

Synopsis: An account of the infamous scandal involving billionaire Jean Paul Getty, whose grandson was kidnapped for ransom, leaving the boy’s mother and Getty’s personal adviser to convince the world’s richest man to spare a chunk of his fortune.

All the Money in the World Review:

A movie with more pride in its film title than plausible beats in its screenplay, “All the Money in the World” has all the tools but little to care for in its tale of unnecessary betrayal and callous greed. Flat and forgettable with a clean divide between David Scarpa’s script and Ridley Scott’s artistic vision, the film gives us little to go crazy over as character motivations mostly baffle in the retelling of an iconic event from history. Chunky, disconnected, and always shifting, the movie provides major plot shifts without plausibility, proving impossibly vague and opportunistic with a nutty true-to-life story.

Drawing on economic egotism at its most nauseatingly self-absorbed, “All the Money in the World” is stingy with both its wallet and its emotions, feigning interpersonal connection as its stars fail to mesh together in a family unit. Purposefully detached but insipid in its overall delivery, the film conveys the cruelty at the core of extreme wealth yet lacks the passion and pizzazz of great cinema, melding to the shape of a rather standard biographical thriller without the staying power of a gripping family epic.

A film where everyone knows what they came for as Ridley Scott extraordinarily leaves top billing star Kevin Spacey on the cutting room floor, replacing him with octogenarian Christopher Plummer while avoiding the use of heavy prosthetics. A wise choice for marketing purposes, although still a slight shame as Plummer’s presence casts a shadow over Spacey’s original position, conveniently eradicating him from Hollywood memory in a screenplay left destitute by an impressive yet undeniably rushed cut and paste job. The movie everyone is talking about but one with surprisingly little staying power beyond its altered credits, “All the Money in the World” is a must-see for all the wrong reasons, a cruel reminder of a director’s final say and crucial make-or-break decisions.


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