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  • WildforFilm
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    I searched far and wide for a thread on this and came up short.

    I went to a screening of this last night and was super impressed with all aspects of the film. The cinematography was “so 1970s” in the best way possible and the acting was top notch. I couldn’t imagine Kevin Spacey in the role at all and Plummer deserves a nomination for giving such a great performance, especially under such pressure. Also very surprised by Michelle Williams, who I think could sneak in last minute into the Best Actress race and steal Streep or Robbie’s spot.

    After the screening I talked with some people and many were getting Argo vibes from the film. Also, most of us were at a Shape of Water screening on Monday and almost all of us agreed that All the Money was much better than Shape of Water.

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    Stegeo
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    Today is the big release.

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    Philip
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    I searched far and wide for a thread on this and came up short.

    I went to a screening of this last night and was super impressed with all aspects of the film. The cinematography was “so 1970s” in the best way possible and the acting was top notch. I couldn’t imagine Kevin Spacey in the role at all and Plummer deserves a nomination for giving such a great performance, especially under such pressure. Also very surprised by Michelle Williams, who I think could sneak in last minute into the Best Actress race and steal Streep or Robbie’s spot.

    After the screening I talked with some people and many were getting Argo vibes from the film. Also, most of us were at a Shape of Water screening on Monday and almost all of us agreed that All the Money was much better than Shape of Water.

    Thanks for your insight. I am planning to see both All the Money and The Shape of Water tomorrow, so it will be interesting to see them back to back (also throwing Molly’s Game in there)

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    Scott Marnie
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    Michelle’s scene where she hits someone with a telephone is reason enough to give her an Oscar.

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    jasonface
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    Just saw this and loved it. The direction and screenplay were much stronger than I had anticipated. Michelle Williams was perfection, Mark Wahlberg didn’t even bother me, Charlie Plummer remains one of my favorite young actors, Romain Duris was awesome, and Christopher Plummer was just absolutely amazing. The cinematography was so sleek and stylish. And I agree with the Argo comparison. The film would almost be deserving of awards for the historic reshoot alone but fortunately there’s an actual quality film here as well.

    Nominations for Best Director (Ridley Scott), Best Actress (Michelle Williams), Best Supporting Actor (Christopher Plummer), Best Adapted Screenplay (David Scarpa), and Best Picture are in order.

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    Honey
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    Shes coming.

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    jasonface
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    Shes coming.

    mw

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    FreemanGriffin
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    I love this movie – superb direction, amazing acting (esp. Michelle Williams, Christopher Plummer, Charlie Plummer and Romain Duris), incredible editing, a terrific screenplay (adapted), and definitely Oscar-worthy in so many ways (: Can Michelle Williams replace Meryl Streep in the Best Actress category? (I believe that Hawkins, McDormand, Robbie and Ronan are all locks; Streep not making it in to SAG has me thinking that Judi Dench or Annette Bening or Michelle Williams or Meryl Streep will take that fifth slot – really not sure what they will do). I am predicting nominations for Christopher Plummer and for Adapted Screenplay, but would have no problem with nominations for BP, Best Director, Best Actress and Best Film Editing as well (: The only slight problem I have with it is that Mark Wahlberg is good but not great – his character moves the plot along but I think a different actor would have added more value to the picture. My grade: A-

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    Annette Bening

    long lost

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    Andrew Carden
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    My two cents…

    In 1987, during post-production on his drama September, Woody Allen made the unprecedented decision to all but start from scratch on the picture, replacing stars Sam Shepard, Maureen O’Sullivan and Charles Durning with Sam Waterston, Elaine Stritch and Jack Warden, respectively. The result, while not a commercial success, marked one of Allen’s most absorbing and richly performed dramas, with Stritch especially riveting in the role of family matriarch.

    Fast-forward three decades and, amid sexual assault allegations toward All the Money in the World star Kevin Spacey, it was Ridley Scott in this precarious position of going back to do extensive reshoots, albeit not quite to the extent Allen did in ’87. Spacey’s scenes as oil tycoon J. Paul Getty were booted from the film as that old pro Christopher Plummer waltzed in to save the day and shoot the role over a mere nine days.

    Plummer, I’m pleased to report, is in marvelous form as Getty, a feat made all the more remarkable by the time crunch to have this thing ready for a Christmas theatrical release. To boot, this role is no cameo – he graces the screen for well more than half an hour, instilling much-needed vitality into the proceedings, and clearly had a blast with the role.

    Alas, when Plummer isn’t front and center, All the Money in the World is an overwhelmingly ho-hum endeavor and certainly no September.

    The picture opens on young John Paul Getty III (Charlie Plummer) being kidnapped by an organized crime regime in Rome. His mother Gail (Michelle Williams) reaches out to Getty Sr. to pay the ransom, which he promptly refuses to do, claiming it would only encourage his other grandchildren to be captured in exchange for Getty money. With her son’s captors growing more savage over time, Gail works alongside Fletcher Chase (Mark Wahlberg), a former CIA operative and Getty Sr.’s business manager, to devise a way of saving the young man without the assistance of his crusty grandfather.

    A key and nearly fatal flaw of All the Money in the World is the young Getty is so thinly drawn by Scott, (Charlie) Plummer and screenwriter David Scarpa that it’s tough to get all that emotionally invested in the proceedings. Williams is able to breathe a bit more life into her role, even with Scarpa’s script doing her few favors. Wahlberg, on the other hand, is supreme dead weight, evidently having graduated from the Bruce Willis in The Bonfire of the Vanities School of Acting – “maybe I’ll win an Oscar if I do nothing but simply throw on a pair of glasses!”

    Ultimately, the sole reason to sit through this lengthy and often middling exercise is Plummer, who at least has some blood flowing through his veins and is able to wholly transcend Scott’s unfocused direction and Scarpa’s lame script. Spacey, I suspect, may have played Getty as camp, rendering the proceedings all but unwatchable. Plummer, on the other hand, is stunningly convincing. It’s a tour de force turn that provides a hefty lift to this troubled production.

    If only Scott had pulled an Allen, scrapped the entire picture and started over with a Getty biopic!

    B-

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    Stegeo
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    I’m wondering if the film turns out to be as much as a contender as we think it could be. Well, clearly only the Oscars are left (who cares about BAFTA’s drunk choices) and hopefully they’ll appreciate the film and give it supp. actor and adapted screenplay noms.

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    Philip
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    Just finished. Plummer is great, should be nominated.

    Williams is brilliant as always, but I can’t see her getting into the top 5.

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    Could this pull an American Sniper? I mean that as being a late release that misses early precursors and sneaks into all the major categories.

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    Stegeo
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    Could this pull an American Sniper? I mean that as being a late release that misses early precursors and sneaks into all the major categories.

    Streep is like cocaine to the Academy; I can’t see them snubbing her for Williams, who especially is a 4-time nominee with 0 wins, and thus expanding her noms to 5 without wins.

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    Philip
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    Could this pull an American Sniper? I mean that as being a late release that misses early precursors and sneaks into all the major categories.

    I’m not sure, the film is fine, nothing screams best picture contender.

    I think Plummer could 100% sneak into Supporting Actor and he could be a threat to win. He has a great performance and has an amazing narrative.

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