"All the Money in the World" Movie Review
"Priceless" is a word that Jean Paul Getty, the "richest man in the history of the world", despises. He explains in All the Money in the World that the word most actually mean is "invaluable".
When his grandson is kidnapped, Getty, played by last-minute swap-in Christopher Plummer, is approached by his grandson's mother to pay the $17 million ransom. While Getty initially says no, he tasks his adviser played by Mark Wahlburg to work with Abigail to get her son back "as inexpensively as possible".
Heartless right? The shrewdness doesn't stop there. Plummer channels this eerily selfish demeanor throughout his whole performance, maintaining a friendly persona while demonstrating a wicked mismanagement of priorities. But, the stand-out performance is from Michelle Williams, who is gripping from beginning to end as a frantic mother trying to get her son back.
But for such a straightforward story, there's a surprising amount of suspense. Questioning what'll happen next can keep attentive viewers on the edge of their seat, particularly leading up to the climax of the film.
It's fair to say that All The Money In The World is another excellent production from Ridley Scott. How excellent? Practically priceless...or invaluable. Whichever word you prefer.
Acting and Casting - 2 | Visual Effects and Editing - 2 | Story and Message - 2 | Entertainment Value - 1 | Music Score and Soundtrack - 1 | Reviewer's Preference - 1