When it was first announced that Keven Spacey would be replaced with Christopher Plummer, I was sure that the film would be doomed. In my mind, there was no way that the film could undergo enough re-shoots to replace Spacey and put in Plummer a month before the film’s release and still have quality performances not just from Plummer, but from the others who had to act with him. I am here to tell you that I have never been more wrong. Not only do you get to see Christopher Plummer give an amazingly powerful performance as J. Paul Getty, All the Money in the World also as a whole keeps you at the edge of your seat as you watch the events of the John Paul Getty III kidnapping play out before your eyes.
What I liked:
All the Money in the World introduces you to Michelle Williams as Abigail Harris, a struggling but devoted mother who is having to deal with the fact that her son has been kidnapped and she doesn’t have the money to pay the ransom that the kidnappers are asking for. She finds herself having to go to her ex-husband’s father, J. Paul Getty in the hopes that he will pay the ransom to get her son back. Before I go into Christopher Plummer’s performance as Getty, I would like to take the time to remind you that it wasn’t just his performance that was amazing, and Michelle Williams gives an emotionally powerful one in this film. She makes you feel her struggle to get the ransom money. She makes you see how devoted of a mother her character is and her desperation to just simply get her son back. Her performance is truly moving and I don’t believe that anyone could have done it better.
And now to Plummer’s performance. The one thing that gets me the most nervous about a film is when I hear the word “re-shoots”. The idea of having to go back and shoot new scenes, or re-shoot scenes altogether makes me think that there are obvious issues with the film and the studio is desperately trying to remedy the problem. You can look to Justice League and the upcoming Solo: A Star Wars Story as examples of this. In the case of All the Money in the World, it wasn’t that there were issues with the film, there were issues with an individual: Keven Spacey. After so many men came out and said that they had been sexually assaulted by Spacey, directer Ridley Scott decided that it would be best to fire Spacey and replace him, requiring him to re-shoot all of Spacey’s scenes with a different actor. Now, I will be honest and say that I felt that this was the wrong decision at first. In my original opinion, the film should have kept Spacey to save time and money. I felt that the actions of one actor (as terrible as they were) shouldn’t have effected the entire production of a film, especially when production was completed and the film was to be released so soon. I felt that doing re-shoots so soon and so quick would only hurt the film as a whole. I was wrong. I was so wrong. If I hadn’t have known about the re-shoots and the re-casting I wouldn’t have known that any took place. Christopher Plummer did such a phenomenal job in All the Money in the World and I cannot sing his praises enough. From the moment he appears on screen you can feel his character and you never want to look away from his performance. Every moment that he is on screen my eyes where glued on him. Nothing else mattered. There was nothing else. There were times when you hated his character and there where times when you, in a way, understood his character. In his first scene alone you learn so much about who his character is as a person. It’s almost like you are in the room with that character. It is so rare that I see an actor give a performance that strong and powerful. It is even more impressive when you hear that they only had 9 days to re-shoot the scenes. I really can’t say it enough, Christopher Plummer did an amazing job.
What I didn’t like:
I can’t really say anything negative about this movie. I am in no way saying that this film is perfect. In fact, I’m sure that it is far from perfect. I just simply didn’t notice anything negative about this film. I’m sure that someone else might not like this movie as much, or might even say that the movie is trash. That’s fine. That’s their opinion. I will say that a movie’s main function is to entertain it’s viewer and that this film did just that and more for me.