Title: All the Money in the World Director: Ridley Scott Year: 2017 Run time: 2hrs 12m
“MOLLY’S GAME is based on the true story of Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain), a former Olympic-class skier who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game for a decade before being arrested by armed FBI agents. Her players included Hollywood royalty, sports stars, business titans and finally, unbeknownst to her, the Russian mob. Her only ally was her criminal defence lawyer Charlie Jaffey (Idris Elba), who learned that there was much more to Molly than the tabloids led us to believe.”
2:07 - Oh god, Rome in the 70s appears to have been powered by flares. 5:57 - “My grandpa wasn’t just the richest man in the world. He was the richest man in the history of the world.” 14:14 - Does anyone sell telegrams anymore? 14:56 - That would so be us, sleeping through the Colosseum. 17:23 - An hour to haggle? Good lord, there’s not enough hours in the day as it is. 18:36 - “I couldn’t be weighed down mentally with a family.” I don’t expect we’re meant to cheer that line, but oh well. 24:16 - That Getty Oil building is huuuge. 28:33 - Old Man Getty takes a really hard line! 31:48 - I love a stately home from the outside but as soon as you go inside, they seem so hard to live in. 47:05 - He doesn’t seem that bothered about covering his face anymore. That’s a bad sign. 52:22 - “I’m on my own side. Always.” 1:01:53 - The nature in Spain is so loud, I couldn’t cope! 1:04:37 - That guy was shooting at them, but the others weren’t, seems a bit harsh to kill them straight off. 1:12:17 - Old school phones surely packed a punch. 1:20:47 - That’s a hell of a fire from the smallest beginnings. 1:25:03 - They playing pick-up-sticks, haven’t played that in a long time. 1:33:57.- “It was news,” the journalists say. 1:45:38 - That building doesn’t exist, does it? 1:57:56 - This boy’s plight, argh!
Tricky little film this one. They did a good job airbrushing one actor for another, and the seams were barely visible, but it does feel like they were focusing so much on that aspect that somewhere along the way the rest of it got lost.
The story was so drawn out, I can’t quite believe it took two hours to get through. How many times do we need to sit through “give me some money?” “No.” Over and over and over it went. “Pleeeease give me some money?” “No.” And it’s hard to find anything relatable about people who are rich enough to get kidnapped.
I had two specific problems with it: that although I could see the situation getting tenser and more time-critical, I didn’t feel it. The boy was in increasing amounts of danger but the mood never really changed from start to finish. And then I had real problems with Mark Wahlberg’s character, suffering as he did from that Indiana Jones problem (if he wasn’t there, would any of it happened any differently?) Michelle Williams was brilliant, though, she was really the single-handed interest of the full two hours.
So, it wasn’t really a great film after all, and coming after watching two incredible movies, it really felt like a letdown.