Movie Review: All The Money In The World

The story of the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother to convince his billionaire grandfather Jean Paul Getty to pay the ransom.

Director: Ridley Scott
Writers: David Scarpa, John Pearson (based on the book by)
Stars: Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer, Mark Wahlberg

There’s something awfully wrong about each and every single one of us. Human nature. Maybe it’s the inherent fear of death, maybe it’s the way we have to become in order to fight against all that life throws at us. Who knows?

All The Money In The World is the story of a mother desperately trying to get her son back. It’s also the story of a rich bastard who’s so insecure that all he can do to make himself feel better is earn more money. Add more billions to his fortune.

The Rich Bastard.

That being said, if this weren’t a movie depicting real life events, I believe most people would discard it as Hollywood over-dramatizing. Because we cannot imagine someone being so rich, yet acting like a cheapskate.

The goal is to be financially independent, right? Why else create a business empire?

Yet, during this movie, and this is reminiscent of real life, the richest character is the one who is hopelessly enslaved by money. Funny enough, he deluded himself into thinking he’s free.

I believe this movie can be interpreted as a cautionary tale of sorts. Any great achievement feels like soul-selling. The Rich Bastard never got around to understanding human nature, so he does not trust fellow members of his species, not even his own family. He’d like to own them, because he does not know how to love them or make them love him. He can’t even figure it out when others do love him.

It’s the price that must be paid, it’s not Hollywood being all fancy. It’s just how it is, and I believe that the moral of the story is not about money being bad, but more about balance.

Life is a balancing act. You want something too much, you’re destined to lose almost everything else in order to get it. Maybe it will be worth it, maybe not. But you will lose parts of yourself, you will alienate people.

Definitely a great movie. One that is worth watching, if only to find a character you can truly loathe for the simple reason of being the world’s most idiotic grandfather.

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