All the Money in The World
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Written by: David Scarpa
Released: December 25, 2017
Starring: Christopher Plummer, Michelle Williams, Mark Wahlberg, and Romain Duris
Normally when I see that Mark Wahlberg is in a movie, I expect a robot to come save the day or for him to be shirtless and fighting a bunch of goons. So, when I saw that he was in this movie, I automatically wrote it off as something I wouldn’t watch even without watching the movie trailer. I eventually changed my mind and decided to watch when I saw that Christopher Plummer (Sound of Music and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) was replacing now disgraced actor Kevin Spacey (insert link here) I had to check it out.
The movie All the Money in the World was directed by Ridley Scott (Alien, Blade Runner) and starred Michelle Williams (Manchester by Sea, The Station Agent) Romain Duris (The Big Picture, When the Cat’s Away) and Mark Wahlberg (Boogie Nights, The Departed). The movie, based on real events, tells the story of the kidnapping of John Paul Getty’s (played by Christopher Plummer) John Paul Getty III grandson (played by Charlie Plummer) and the attempts of his mother Gail (played by Michelle Williams) to convince the old man to pay the ransom of 17 million dollars. As shown in the trailer, John Paul Getty refuses to pay the ransom and sends his one of his employees, Fletcher Chase (played by Mark Wahlberg) to track down his grandson and get him back, but without spending a lot of money. The movie takes place majority of the time in Italy, with sparse subtitles throughout when the actors were speaking Italian.
The plot of the movie kept me interested the entire runtime of 132 minutes. I usually tend to stray away from movies that seem to be shot for Oscar nominations, but every scene that Christopher Plummer was in drew me back into the movie. Michelle Williams performance as Gail completely dominated any scene she was in with Mark Wahlberg, and you tend to forget he is even there. Yeah, Mark Wahlberg had the Boston accent going, but his mannerism and presence did not take away from the movie, which was quite refreshing.
The scenes with the grandson and the kidnappers tend to try to show the difference between those who have money and worry about nothing, to those with money and have no care in the world. If Ridley Scott was aiming to show that having all the money in the world means nothing without family, to me personally, he got that point across. Throughout the movie, John Paul Getty and Getty III were asked how much is family worth, with neither placing a price they would be willing to pay.
The one thing that I did not like was the obvious use of green screen in some scenes. You could tell that crew attempted to erase any trace of Kevin Spacey, which I do not blame them at all, but It did look kind of weird sometimes. Besides that, the movie was colorized beautifully, and the pace never dipped. From beginning to end I was engrossed in the story and wanted to know if the Gail would eventually be able to convince John Paul Getty to pay the ransom. There wasn’t any real twist in the story except one dealing with a toy, but it did nothing to detract from the main story.
If this movie is playing at your local theater, I would definitely suggest seeing it. If you are like me and are thrown off with long run times, the 132 minutes go by very quickly. Ridley Scott and crew managed to fill every minute with some type of engrossing dialogue and did not become stale. I would give this movie a 4 out of 5 stars based solely on Christopher Plummer and Michelle Williams’s performance. Had the ending not been so obvious from the beginning of the movie, I may have given this movie a higher grade. Also, Mark Wahlberg should definitely make more movies like this.