All the Money in the World - 3.5 Stars
Ridley Scott’s latest film has a rocky start, but has strong performances and clever cinematography.
The story of the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother to convince his billionaire grandfather Jean Paul Getty to pay the ransom.
The film made headlines after director Ridley Scott reshot 10 million (US, approx) worth of scenes to remove Kevin Spacey and replace him with Christopher Plummer. Plummer re-shot more than 20 scenes in 11 days and the film still released on Jan 4, as announced. Obviously an impressive feat and the result is strong - Plummer’s performance is the highlight of the film. Michelle Williams is also exceptional, but Mark Wahlberg seems a little two-dimensional. Charlie Plummer (no relation) is good as John Paul Getty III, but his material doesn’t give him the opportunity to shine. Romain Duris also offers a strong supporting performance.
The story has been over-dramatised and while the opening uses excessive time jumps once it starts its linear flow the film becomes more engaging. The dialogue is sometimes a little over the top and there are musical cues that feel too forced, but the cinematography is excellent.
Overall a strong film, but it probably doesn’t stand much of a chance this award season.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Roadshow Entertainment