To start off, you cannot tell at all that this film replaced Kevin Spacey as J. Paul Getty with Christopher Plummer and reshot all of those scenes in 10 days. To some films, that would be a death sentence. All the Money in the World did it seamlessly.
You would have thought that most films would have postponed the release date and then done the re-shots, but director Ridley Scott decided to keep that release date and push on ahead with Plummer assuming the role from Spacey, who had been let go after the sexual misconduct accusations that have been leveled at him.
Christopher Plummer is magnificent here making the fact that he did it in 10 days all the more astounding.
The film tells the story of the abduction of J. Paul Getty’s grandson, Paul (Charlie Plummer), and his mother Gail (Michelle Williams) and her desperate attempt to get her ex-father-in-law J. Paul Getty to spring for the ransom.
Known as a shark of a negotiator, Getty was not used to giving away money in any form, and he refused to give any ransom for the return of his grandson, placing his former daughter-in-law, who had no money of her own, in a terrible position.
Getty did provide one of his heads of security and former CIA agent, Fletcher Chase (Mark Wahlberg), to investigate what was going on and to try and help bring back the grandson (without spending the money).
The film has several very solid acting performances. Christopher Plummer was amazing under normal circumstances, but with the odd situation he found himself in here, he was utterly brilliant. Michelle Williams was amazing as well. I would have loved to see more scenes between Williams and Plummer because when they were together, the screen crackled.Young Charlie Plummer was very good too as the kidnapped kid.
Now, the film was very heavily dialogue based. That is not a bad thing, but it does make it feel a little too long. Some of the early parts of the film dragged on and may have felt a little boring.
The greed and complete lack of empathy or caring made me really hate J. Paul Getty as I could not believe that there was someone this selfish in the world. I found myself really rooting to have some kind of justice for his awfulness (and I believe Karma took care of that in the end). There is absolutely a correlation one could draw between this story involving this real life billionaire and things that are happening in the world today. It makes one wonder how J. Paul Getty became such a person. The film does not go into great detail about the idiosyncrasies of this man.
There were scenes where I wanted more, specifics that would have helped me connect to these people and there were other scenes that felt superfluous to what the story was telling.
The film has some great performances, especially Plummer, and I wish there could have been more with him and Williams together. There is a satisfactory ending that makes it worthwhile. The film just got a little too long for my taste.