Financial TV host Lee Gates (George Clooney), his producer Patty Fenn (Julia Roberts) and the entire TV crew are put in an extreme and volatile situation when irate investor Kyle Budwell (Jack O’Connell) takes over the studio with a gun and a bomb.
Money Monster looks into the human cost betting on Wall Street has and how those who play with the figures don’t care while normal people don’t understand what it all means. Kyle has lost everything and he’s now a desperate man who just wants answers. Every scene where he is on screen is intense as you’re not sure what he’s going to do next.
George Clooney does a brilliant job as the smarmy TV presenter who has stopped asking Wall Street the hard-hitting questions. He is rarely off screen and he goes from a nervous wreck to someone who will keep talking because that’s what he’s good at. While they rarely physically share the screen, Clooney and Roberts have an interesting relationship and a lot of chemistry as she sticks by him throughout the ordeal via his earpiece.
Money Monster is great because while it is often incredibly tense and thrilling it also manages to add dark humour to the precedings to give you brief moments to breathe. All the characters’ reactions to the situation are believable and they are all incredibly well-written. People will swear and shout and not hold back in a situation like this and it’s all there to see on screen.
Got to mention the women in this film. Patty is incredible. She’s the director of a popular TV show thrust in an incredibly unusual situation and manages to handle her entire crew and the police while chaos is all around her. Diane Lester (Caitriona Balfe) the woman who is forced to be the spokesperson of an investment company that’s under fire, is also competent and quietly badass. While them two are the main female characters, Bree (Condola Rashad) Patty’s assistant and Molly (Emily Meade) Kyle’s girlfriend also have moments to shine.
Money Monster does a brilliant job of combining thriller with satire and it’s always entertaining. 5/5.
OK, I’m cheating on this one a bit. After much googling I realised that while there were a few actresses whose name does begin with “X” I hadn’t seen any of their work. I also looked into whether there was a female led production company or anything like that but I couldn’t find anything. So today I’m going to write a line or two about some of the actresses who narrowly missed out on being featured in my April A-Z challenge.
Anna Kendrick – Anna Kendrick is just lovely isn’t she? She’s funny and pretty and smart. I’ve liked every film I’ve seen her in – or in the case of the Twilight films, I really liked her performance, the films not so much. My favourite film of hers is probably Drinking Buddies (2013).
Sandra Bullock – Sandra Bullock is great at both comedy and drama. I know some of her films aren’t that great, like Premonition (2007) for example but then there’s a film like The Heat (2013) or The Blind Side (2009) and which are amazing.
Kat Dennings – Kat’s just gorgeous and I’ve loved everything she’s been in, especially Daydream Nation (2010) and Thor (2011) – Darcy Lewis is a brilliant and realistic character.
Julia Roberts – I grew up watching Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman (1990) and it’s one of those films that Ii can watch over and over and quote all the lines. The most recent thing I’ve seen Julia Roberts in that I loved was The Normal Heart (2014), she and the entire cast was amazing in it.
Noomi Rapace – Noomi Rapace is incredibly talented. I’ve only watched The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (2009) out of the trilogy – I’ve read all the books and am looking forward to watching the rest of the films. I wasn’t over keen on Prometheus (2012) but Noomi was great in it.
Paula Patton – I’m really gutted that it appears that Paula Patton won’t be in Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation because I loved her so much in Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol (2011). I know nothing about World of Warcraft but I am looking forward to the film adaptation next year because Paula Patton and a lot of other actors I like are in it.