By Beci (London)

 

All the Money in the World, the film that slid under the radar of the audience and film goers…until Kevin Spacey got replaced at the very last minute!

All the Money in the World. The Ridley Scott directed thriller had kind of been lying dormant for some months, with many film goers including myself being blissfully unaware of the film’s existence. That was until the height of the Sexual Misconduct scandal around Hollywood in the autumn of last year, where the allegations against Kevin Spacey (who was originally cast to play Oil industrialist J.P Getty) resulted of him getting recast just mere weeks before the film’s premiere. Spacey was replaced by Academy Award winner Christopher Plummer, known for winning Best Supporting Actor in the film Beginners.

The film’s plot surrounds the true life kidnapping of Getty’s grandson John Paul Getty III, who gets abducted by a crime mafia organisation and the trials of his mother, (played by Michelle Williams) to get the money from Getty himself to pay the extortionate amount of money to get her son released.

My initial expectations before watching the film were that this film could potentially go in either one of two directions: it could either be completely engaging or completely boring; but, I do believe Oscar bait movies are very divisive and they will either really work or really fail. But, this film also has the benefit of a very good director in Ridley Scott, who is behind some of my favourite films ever, including: Alien, Blade Runner and The Martian. As well as, some great talent in the cast from Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg and of course Christopher Plummer.

So what did I think of the film? I really enjoyed it. Commencing with the simple fact that Christopher Plummer steals the show and is the strongest thing in this movie. The fact that he had 6 weeks to pull this off and especially since he is coming close to 90 years old; that on its own deserves credit. You buy him as not only “the richest man in the world”, but “the richest man in the history of world”. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s a hot favourite to win in awards season.

One of the other big strengths of the film is how intense the film is in its tone, keeping you on the edge of your seat without the film’s slow burner pace hindering in any way. From watching Gail Harris determined to get her son back and facing every tough decision ahead, such as coming to terms with Getty refusing to give any money and finding out how the crime organisation have been torturing her son. Right off the bat, as the film opens with the kidnap of Getty III, it gives you such an insight in the tone the film was going for and it succeeded. Scott executed the intensity with absolute ease through his director, especially in one of the film’s climatic scenes involving a graphic torture scene with an ear as the focus; which kept the audience in pure suspense and dread of what was going to happen next.

It works consistently as an intense thriller, with driven plot and motivations accompanied by superb direction and amazing performances from the actors (in particular Plummer and Williams.) This film oozes in award nominations and is thoroughly deserving of it. This is definitely a movie not to be missed.

Rating: 4/5

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