Movie Review: All the Money in the World

J. Paul Getty had a fortune. Everyone else paid the price.

All the Money in the World is directed by Ridley Scott, it’s based on the book by John Pearson. Starring Michelle Williams, Mark Wahlberg and Christopher Plummer as J. Paul Getty.

When 16 year old John Paul Getty III has been kidnapped, the kidnappers asks his mom, Michelle Williams, to pay for 17 million dollars. However seeing as she doesn’t have that amount of money she asks her father-in-law, who’s adamant not to spend any ransom money, to pay the ransom.


The Good

Coming into this film, I was intrigued on how Ridley Scott tackled the transition of replacing Kevin Spacy with Christopher Plummer as J. Paul Getty. However after watching this film proves that Ridley Scott is a master of his craft as he manages to seamlessly swap the actors without any hints of the former.

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The acting in this movie is tremendous, this is more of Michelle Williams more than anything and she is terrific. Mark Wahlberg is also toned down but Christoper Plummer as J. Paul Getty is incredible. He’s cold-blooded and meticulous about his money and you do see his point of view at times but there’s ruthlessness behind him and that makes the character intriguing.


The Bad

The only major issue I have in this movie is the color palette, the film has cold bleak look to it and seeing how most of the scenes are in Italy, it didn’t quite resonate well on screen. Though there are some scenes that greatly benefited from it at times it was distracting.


Rating

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Overall All the Money in the World is a highly suspenseful film, it’s not very action packed but it does enough to keep you entertained throughout. It has some good twists and turns to keep it unpredictable and the performances were great. Highly Recommended.

Good Bad 4/5
    • Strong Performances
    • Christopher Plummer as J. Paul Getty
    • Highly Suspenseful
    • Bleak Color Palette
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Movie Review: Patriots Day

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Patriots Day is directed by Peter Berg, it stars Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman, Michelle Monaghan and J.K. Simmons.

Patriots Day recalls the real life events of the Boston Marathon bombing on April 15th 2013.


The Good

Peter Berg once again delivers a solid true story adaptation with Patriots Day. One of the most notable things about Peter Berg’s directing is the way the movie is filmed. It’s very high octane and he knows how to build up a scene with great anticipation.

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The movie is also well edited combining archive clips from the actual event from CCTVs to phone cameras. The movie flows very well and it helps build up the anticipation and also gives you multiple vantage points of when an event is about to occur.

The acting in this movie is great, everyone had great performances and gave very subtle approach which gives realism to the movie.


The Bad

One of the biggest flaws of the movie is it’s length, the movie is over two hours long and you feel the length of the film. This coincides with another flaw which is the story-telling.

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There are plenty of scenes that felt random and though it helps with character development, there’s no real pay off to most of them.


Rating

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Overall Patriots Day is a great action-thriller movie. If you’re familiar with Peter Berg’s work from Lone Survivor to another recent film, Deepwater Horizon, you know what you’re getting. From great action scenes to subtle performances with a dash of American patriotism. Patriots Day is worth checking out.

Good Bad 3.8/5
  • Great Performances
  • Great Cinematography
  • Long Running Time