Directed by Ridley Scott
Based on the book Painfully Rich: The Outrageous Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Heirs of J. Paul Getty by John Pearson
Screenplay by David Scarpa
Starring: Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer, Mark Wahlberg, Romain Duris, Charlie Plummer
This film is based on the real events surrounding the kidnapping of John Paul Getty III. The screenplay was adapted from John Pearson’s book, Painfully Rich: The Outrageous Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Heirs of J. Paul Getty. The screenplay was written by David Scarpa (The Last Castle), and Ridley Scott (The Martian) directed the film. The cast features Christopher Plummer (The Insider), Michelle Williams (Manchester by the Sea), Mark Wahlberg (The Departed), Romain Duris (Ceasefire), and Charlie Plummer (Not Fade Away).
This movie tells a fascinating story of greed, power struggles, and family drama. The film does a good job jumping right into the lives of the people who are central to the story. There are also some great moments that serve to illustrate the true wealth of John Paul Getty (Plummer). The dialogue in this one is solid, with some great moments for most of the cast members to shine. The twists and turns are good, but nothing truly surprising. This is a film with three main stories that eventually weave together. These stories are interesting, but also move very slowly. This slower pacing does make feel this a bit longer than necessary. The story is good, but could’ve benefited from a little more focus and a lot of editing.
The cast does great work with this script, elevating the material in all the right moments. Christopher Plummer is the star of the movie, giving another great performance. He was the perfect choice for the role, and creates a lot of tension with his performance. This tension really helps the tone of the movie, and also provides a nice foundation for the other actors to work from. Michelle Williams is also very good in this one. Her performance carries a lot of emotion, and she hits the mark most of the time. Her interactions with Plummer are also very nicely done. Mark Wahlberg also contributed solid work to this one. Romain Duris and Charlie Plummer also add good work to this one. Overall, the cast does good work throughout the film. Plummer earned another Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his part.
This movie looks very good. The sets and locations are wonderful, bringing all of the places and era of the film to life. The camera work is solid and the costuming and makeup are both good as well. The movie suffers from a lack of editing which might have sped up the pace of the movie. Composer Daniel Pemberton (Steve Jobs) crafted a very good score to highlight this story with. Overall, the production is solid. The biggest issue with the film is the pacing. The story is interesting, but there are moments that take far too long to pay off.
This is the kind of movie that fans of the stars should make sure to see. Their performances are worth watching. Fans of true stories will also enjoy the fascinating events portrayed in the film. I would also suggest this one to people who like tension and drama. I give this one 3.8 out of 5 stars.