“When a man gets wealthy, he has to deal with the problems of freedom. All the choices he could possibly want. An abyss opens up. Well, I watched that abyss. I watched it ruin men, marriages, but most of all, it ruins the children. ” – J. Paul Getty
Number of Times Seen – 1 (26 Mar 2018)
Brief Synopsis – Based on the true story of how the wealthy family of the Getty’s dealt with the kidnapping and ransom demands for teenager John Paul Getty III in the 1970’s.
My Take on it – This is the final Oscar nominated film from 2017 for me to finally see.
I have been anticipating it for months because the premise seemed interesting and obviously due to the last minute change of actors before release.
Unfortunately, I expected this film to feel more thrilling and inspiring yet it fails to do so.
The cast is quite good, but the only one who really stands out is indeed Christopher Plummer, who appears in all of the re-shot scenes instead of previously filmed Kevin Spacey.
He is the family patriarch who must decide whether to pay the ransom for his grandson or not.
He definitely deserved to get an Oscar Nomination for Best Supporting Actor for this role and not just due to the circumstances of how he got the part.
The story itself meanders too much and isn’t as tight as it probably could have been.
The car chase at the end feels tacked on to make things more action oriented but just doesn’t really work well enough either.
Bottom Line – Not as amazing as I had hoped because it doesn’t try to inspire enough. The cast is quite good, but Plummer truly is superb as the family Patriarch who must decide whether or not to pay the ransom. The story meanders a bit too much and then adds a strange car chase at the end that seems a bit unnecessary. Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Director Ridley Scott said that one interesting aspect of re-filming all of Kevin Spacey’s scenes with Christopher Plummer is that Spacey played J. Paul Getty as a more explicitly cold and unfeeling character, while Plummer’s take on the role showed both a warmer side to the billionaire and the same unflinching refusal to simply pay off his son’s kidnappers. Scott also stated that Spacey or his representatives had not called him since the news about Spacey’s history of sexual harassment came out, and added that he had no plans to ever release the footage with Spacey to any public viewing forum. (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)
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