Directed by Ridley Scott and based on true events, All The Money In The World is based on John Pearson‘s 1995 book Painfully Rich: The Outrageous Fortunes and Misfortunes of the Heirs of J. Paul Getty. It follows the story of teenager John Paul Getty III (Charlie Plummer) who is kidnapped in Rome, whose billionaire grandfather (Christopher Plummer) refuses to pay his ransom. However, the boy’s strong-willed mother (Michelle Williams) hooks up with the old man’s enigmatic security man (Mark Wahlberg) in a desperate race against time to persuade Getty to relent.
A return to quality for Ridley Scott, All the Money in the World looks fantastic and is full of talent. Despite the last-minute changes that had to be made to the film, you can’t tell that there was a lot of chaos and pressure going on behind the scenes. Christopher Plummer gives a brilliant performance despite the somewhat uncomfortable situation. Michelle Williams is phenomenal, of course. But I don’t know why people are only just starting to talk about her. She’s been giving amazing performances for years, so at least people are finally starting to take notice of her. Mark Wahlberg’s doesn’t really fit his role and his character seems unnecessary a lot of the time, but Charlie Plummer is brilliant and I can’t wait to see more from him after this.
Whilst I thought that the mystery/thriller was well-paced and interesting, it annoyed me to find out how different the real-life story is. The actual story seemed to have a lot more drama in it, and I also think that it would have been worth mentioning at the end more about how John Paul III’s life continued and recently ended in regards to what happened to him. Nevertheless, I would most definitely watch this again, despite how vaguely based on truth it is.