caracas1914 December 28, 2017 Share December 28, 2017 I thought that it was well done, competent and intermittently fraught with some tension but not particularly inspired film making. The kindapping of J.P. Getty the teenager was a great opening scene ,and I always enjoy watching what Michelle Williams does with a role. The biggest issue I had was with the fabricated drama of Getty escaping, near misses, etc. It just made the movie seem to follow the boilerplate action narrative, when the elements of truth (ie the real life characters and their interplay) seemed a more interesting avenue. To make matters worse, per the action every time the film focuses on the Mark Wallenberg character it just sucks all the life out of the film. Completely. Of course the money scene that was coming , the ear mutilaton was hard to watch but damn if Scott the director didn’t pull it off. Now , The elephant in the room. J.P. Getty Sr was with Kevin Spacey in the role and replaced by Christopher Plummer when the scandal blew of Spacey being an alleged sexual predator. (Legalese I know) Like so many critics, I agree that Christopher Plummer’s J.P. Getty Sr. As THE richest miserly man in the world nailed it so well that it’s hard to push it out of your mind he basically did all his scenes mere weeks before the film was released; I’m guessing since they knew exactly what scenes they were (film was already edited for release) the adrenaline filming was able to click into place. Plummer just oozes so much callous indifference to humane qualities you want to take a shower after watching his scenes. Hard to believe Kevin Spacey inhabited the role as completely as Plummer did. Apparently from what I’ve seen in previews Spacey had tons of prosthetic makeup to look aged whereas Plummer’s age battle scars were earned... 5 Link to comment
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