While it's liberating to see Ridley Scott operating outside of his usual genre wheelhouse, I found him back in "The Counselor" and "Body of Lies" territory here - here's a drama with a complete lack of urgency, a thriller without any thrills. Not even a pair of terrific performances from Christopher Plummer and Michelle Williams, and the ornate visual aesthetic, can obscure that this is a film with ice in its veins.
[No Paul, I never loved you. You're not a thing, see?] If this is Plummer's or Scott's swan song it'll soon become film canon. Plummer's plunge to the ever blackness is one of the most moving death scenes of this century. So is Michelle Williams' final grin. Getty became a statue of time in the end, unloved yet timeless. Duris, Williams & Walhberg were all robbed of one acknowledgment: that they rock hard at acting ▽
What a change of pace for Ridley Scott. Everything about ATMITW is exquisite and intriguing, from the complex relationship of admiration and jealousy between Getty and is daughter-in-law, to how involving the climate of uncertainty is. It's obvious Scott (Getty's age at that point) engaged in a lot of self-reflection, delving into the nature of money and power, and the result is beautifully humane.
It's insane that not a single reviews I found so far ever mentioned the beauty that is the original score of the film. ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD SHOULD GO TO DANIEL PEMBERTON.
Thank you for giving me the opportunity to see an opera, albeit in a movie theatre.
Handsomely produced effort concerning the Getty kidnapping of '73 will be forever overshadowed by being the film that excised its' lead actor and replaced him with a last minute costly reshoot. That's unfortunate because the film is expertly constructed from a technical perspective even if the scripting is a little broad and some casting questionable.
Free of the flash and the concept-heavy weight that deprives many of Ridley Scott's films from embracing their craft, "All the Money in the World" is, at its core, a film about two individuals going up against cutthroat empires. It's a sleek, involving thriller with an emotionally exhausting performance by Michelle Williams, and Christopher Plummer fits in the film as if he was the first choice — because he was.
The fact-based drama “All The Money in the World” is both timely and timeless, depicting the greediness of our world, where, unfortunately, the money is idolized and considered of more importance than the human life itself. (3.5 stars)