Ridley Scott is often criticised for being a purely visual filmmaker. All the Money in the World is a reminder that he’s also a solid storyteller when given a good script.

This dramatisation of the 1973 kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III, and his oil tycoon grandfather’s subsequent refusal to pay the ransom, is a captivating and artistic thriller with the period detail of American Gangster and the Italian flavour of Hannibal. The baggage of Kevin Spacey’s replacement by Christopher Plummer as Getty Sr. will forever hang over the film, but the recasting proved serendipitous. Plummer does a sterling job on such short notice and is seamlessly blended into the film (no obvious CGI substitution here). Watching his reptilian portrayal of the tightwad billionaire who values money over family, it’s hard to imagine anyone doing it better.

Release Date:  18 April 2018
Format:  DVD Blu-ray
Starring:
  Mark Wahlberg, Christopher Plummer, Michelle Williams

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