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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Keith the Critic Movie Reviews - All the Money in the World


This movie is about the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III, who was the grandson of the richest man in the world during the 1970's.  J. Paul Getty, who was played by Christopher Plummer, refuses to pay a ransom to the men who kidnapped his grandson.

Getty's son succumbs to pressure by becoming a drug addict and he and wife Gail, who is played by Michelle Williams, divorce.  Gail refuses any money in exchange for full custody of their children.  So when a ransom of $17 million is demanded, she cannot pay.  Gail turns to her ex-father-in-law who refuses to help.  Instead he assigns his head of security, Fletcher Chase, to help with negotiations.  Chase, who is played by Mark Wahlberg, is able to reduce the ransom to $4 million.  In the meantime, Getty III, who is played by Charlie Plummer, has been sold to the Italian mob.

Christopher Plummer should be nominated for a best actor nomination.  He was outstanding, especially considering he had about one month to film after the Kevin Spacey debacle.  Director Ridley Scott, who should also be nominated, did the right thing by replacing Spacey with Plummer.

The sets were perfect and as you would expect the directing was superb.  Michelle Williams and Mark Wahlberg also deserve nods towards supporting actress/actor awards.  I loved this movie and gave it 4 out of 4 stars.  It should also get a best picture nomination.


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