This crime thriller dramatizes the real-life 1973 kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III (Charlie Plummer), the grandson of billionaire oil tycoon J. Paul Getty (Christopher Plummer). John's mother Gail (Michelle Williams) begs J. Paul Getty to pay the kidnappers' ransom; when he refuses, she decides to rescue her son with the help of Getty's business associate, an ex-CIA agent named Fletcher Chase (Mark Wahlberg). Directed by Ridley Scott, All the Money in the World originally starred Kevin Spacey as J. Paul Getty. When Spacey was accused of sexual misconduct, Scott reshot his scenes with Christopher Plummer in just nine days in order to meet the movie's planned release date. Inspired by historical events. Certain scenes, characters and dialogue have been fictionalized for dramatic purposes.~Jack Rodgers
Setting all the original Kevin Spacey controversy and the recasting aside, I'll focus on the fact that this is one of Ridley Scott's best films. I'll watch anything he does. Although it seems that lots of dramatic liberties were taken with the true story it's based on, "All the Money in the World" is a terrifically tense, compelling, visually stunning (of course), slow burn of a thriller. Michelle Williams gives perhaps her best performance to date. And of course the great, great Christopher Plummer gives a jaw-droppingly magnificent and brilliant performance in what had to be a whiplash turnaround time. Highly recommended.
The Ridley Scott film, “All the Money in the World” – a terrific film telling the 1973 real-life abduction of the 16-year-old-son of the richest man in the world, J. Paul Getty – might have been a Best Picture candidate (due to its excellent scripting, production design, directing and acting) had it not been for the totally gratuitous scenes of the security man advising Getty’s wife, poorly played by Mark Wahlberg as if he were the film’s main star, scenes that bog the film down in talky, contrived plot padding. He is an irritating wrong note in an otherwise superb movie that I highly recommend. My guess is that Wahlberg created this unfortunate infirmity by insisting his part be expanded to make his character assume an ersatz importance. But, by all means, check out this excellent movie anyway.
All the Money in the World delivers the typically strong score from a new release film. It's lifelike, fluid, and offers abundantly rich and detailed notes. It boasts good firm delivery, effortless spacing, and a well realized low end support. Sound effects are efficient and perfectly positioned. A train slowly rumbles to a stop early in the film with powerful stage traversal. Outdoor insects buzz around the listener in chapter three. Deep, dense shotgun blasts in chapter four explode with a distinct crack to the sides and rear. Bustling din that accompanies a gaggle of reporters places the listener in the middle of the crowd. Office ambience engulfs the listener in chapter 11. The track is filled with a number of intensely defined, largely spaced, and perfectly proportioned support effects. It's an active, engaging listen that handles every element with striking precision, often presenting larger than its 5.1 channels suggest. Dialogue is, of course, clear and well defined with firm front-center positioning.