Worth

Netflix debuted a new biopic this weekend starring Michael Keaton and Stanley Tucci which dealt with the aftermath of the people who lost loved ones in the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001.

Michael Keaton played Ken Feinberg, a Washington, D.C. lawyer, who was assigned by Congress to head the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund and to ensure that the victims of the tragic events of 9-11 were taken care of monetarily. The biggest issue was trying to place a value, a worth on the lives lost on that terrible day. A formula was instituted to attempt to place a number on the human lives, a concept that did not set well with the families of those lost.

Spearheaded by community organizer Charles Wolf (Stanley Tucci), who lost his wife in the attack as well, many of the family members rejected Feinberg’s efforts and the formula he was pushing. Required to get 80% of the families to sign on to the plan, Feinberg, his firm’s head of operations, Camille Biros (Amy Ryan) and the rest of his team struggled to accomplish their task while trying to do what was right.

This felt very much like another Michael Keaton film, Spotlight, though the main topics could not be further apart. The film has a lot of different stories that felt very real. The recounts of the family members were one of the more powerful moments of the film.

We follow Feinstein as he desperately tried to do what he could do. By the time he finally accepted the fact that he needed to eliminate the formula, it was almost too late.

I love Michael Keaton. I have seen better performances from him. He is good here, but, to be honest, we spent a lot of time with Keaton hunched over and his head down. That was his go to move in this film. He was not as dynamic as he could have been. Now, that may have been a choice because of the real person that he was portraying, and, as I said, he was fine. When he finally made some adjustments, Feinberg became a better character.

The best part of the film was the stories and the side characters. There was an interesting story involving Karen Abate (Laura Benanti), a composite character of several different wives of firefighters who had given their lives on 9-11. He subplot was emotional and helped keep the power in the story.

With the anniversary of 9-11 coming up soon, Worth is a strong movie to help remember how that day affected the people of the country.

3.6 stars

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