All The Money In The World - Review
by Phoenix Archer
Directed by Ridley Scott, this film is based on John Pearson’s book, ‘The Painfully Rich: the Outrageous Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Heirs of J. Paul Getty’. Drama and art burst out of the seams in a race against time around the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III, grandson of the wealthy and powerful late John Paul Getty. The story develops around the twists and turns of young Getty’s mother doing all she can to get her son back with the help of senior Getty’s security expert and deals broker Fletcher Chace, played by Mark Wahlberg. The pace of the film could be linked to reshoots, which were done under two weeks before release. In the first filming, old John Paul Getty was played by Kevin Spacey, but after the recent controversy surrounding the actor, Christopher Plummer was re-cast for the role. He brings a devil-may-care attitude to the role, giving to the character the stance of a powerful dragon protecting his treasure. Michelle Williams taps into the strained, stressed and yet loving portrayal of young Getty’s mother. Everyone in the Getty family has their world turned upside down due to the kidnapping and problematic family history. As the saying goes, you can’t pick your family, but you can pick your friends – the same feeling you get with Cinquanta, a conman with a heart played by Romain Duris. Watch this film to find out who has the last laugh.