DVD Review: ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD

ALL THE MONEY IN THE WORLD was inspired by the 1973 Getty kidnapping. The movie was directed by Ridley Scott from a screenplay by David Scarpa and is based on the book by John Pearson. It stars Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer, Mark Wahlberg, Charlie Plummer and Timothy Hutton. It was produced by Dan Friedkin, Bradley Thomas, Quentin Curtis, Chris Clark, Ridley Scott, Mark Huffam and Kevin J. Walsh.

All the Money in the World follows the kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III (Charlie Plummer) and the desperate attempt by his devoted mother Gail (Michelle Williams) to convince his billionaire grandfather (Christopher Plummer) to pay the ransom. When Getty Sr. refuses, Gail attempts to sway him as her son’s captors become increasingly volatile and brutal. With her son’s life in the balance, Gail and Getty’s advisor (Mark Wahlberg) become unlikely allies in the race against time that ultimately reveals the true and lasting value of love over money.

This movie made the news recently for a couple of controversial reasons; one being the last minute replacement of one of the main actors and the other one was about the gender equality issue in Hollywood. That’s all I’m going into it because my review is about the movie and not what happened behind the scenes. The story deals with how the richest man in the world refused to pay the ransom for his 16-year old grandson but the reason behind why he couldn’t pay is ultimately revealed in the final moments of the film. Still, the man was more interested in works of art than he was in his own family but in the end they inherited his entire fortune after his sudden death. Let’s just say that karma finally caught up with him one night.

All the Money in the World also focuses on what all this caring mother had to go through to save her son from the ruthless group of kidnappers and the help she received from a few allies. She got some much needed assistance and counseling from Fletcher Chace, a Getty Oil negotiator and former CIA operative, who sees this terrifying predicament with her to the very end. Not only was she dealing with the kidnappers and the powerful Mafia pulling the strings but she was also battling it out with her ex-father-in-law who was as selfish as he was rich.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The DVD disc also features some artwork that matches the front cover. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this standard-definition release were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Botton line is, All the Money in the World was such an interesting watch that’s based on these true events that took place back in 1973. I’m sure there’s plenty of Hollywood dramatization in it but the movie itself still ended up being a dramatic and emotionally charged watch. It’s amazing that Christopher Plummer was brought in as a last minute replacement just one month before the film’s theatrical release and he delivered such a powerful performance that’ll send chills down your spine. This unlikable character came across as a cold-hearted and uncaring billionaire and because of his greed and selfish nature it nearly got his own grandson killed. The other strong performance was by Michelle Williams who played this strong-willed mother who went through hell to get her son back. Ridley Scott is a master storyteller and here he’s crafted a well executed cinematic experience that’s based on this real life event. All the Money in the World will be available on DVD (plus Digital) on April 10th.

Distributor: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Run Time: 132 Minutes

Rated: R

DVD Video: Widescreen (2.40:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1 / EDA / French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 / FDA

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include 8 deleted scenes, 3 featurettes inspired by the true events of this shocking tale plus an inside look at its already-legendary production and a digital copy of the movie.

  • 8 Deleted Scenes (06:53)
  • “Ridley Scott: Crafting a Historical Thriller” – Director Ridley Scott and the cast and crew discuss the fast-paced and exciting way he filmed this epic movie. (09:11)
  • “Hostages to Fortune: The Cast” – A look into the award-winning actors and their connections to their real-world characters. (09:32)
  • “Recast, Reshot, Reclaimed” – This piece follows the unprecedented recasting of the character J. Paul Getty a little over a month before the film’s theatrical release. (04:55)
  • Digital Copy

 

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