Friday, May 20, 2016

Movie Review Madness - Money Monster

Money Monster is a very slick ninety minute movie, directed by Jodie Foster, with nothing really new to say. It’s entertaining and attention grabbing, and yes we know that Wall Street is evil, the little guy has no control, and yes, there’s a reason for financial anxiety.  George Clooney is perfect as Lee Gates, host of a financial advice show filled with props, dancers, and eye popping presentations of money matters and stock tips. He’s the money snake charmer, glib but ultimately has a conscience.  Behind the scenes in the production room, Julia Roberts keeps the ball rolling with a ready rapport and a nose for news. Unfortunately an intruder with a gun, Jack O’Connell, stops the show with his rant, demanding to know what happened with Ibis Clear Capital. How could a computer “glitch” ruin lives.

Julia keeps all the balls in the air as the drama plays out on live TV, and she has reporters and connections scurrying everywhere to find out “what happened”. Was Dominic West (Walt Camby) really in Geneva or were there secret shenanigans with Ibis? Eyes are on the young man pleading about how “they” are stealing from us, but nobody asks how.  Meanwhile, cops are swarming while folks in bars, work, and all over the world are watching this “new reality” play out on television.

Money Monster is fast paced, tension filled, has some humor, and shifts in tone with ease. Solid acting raises the bar, and you’ll be entertained. Then go home and tuck some money under the mattress, just in case.


15 comments:

  1. Been hearing it's a good one. First you need money to tuck under the mattress though. haha

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    1. first money to get into the theater (and buy that tub of popcorn)

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  2. That seems like a pretty intense movie. I don't know if I can handle the stress!

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    1. it's worth it - only 90 minutes!

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  3. Hi Joanne ... I suspect this will be one I'll see anon - though it looks fun - but I've way too many other balls of my own up in the air ... thanks for letting us know though - cheers Hilary

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    1. always glad to give movie reviews

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  4. I saw previews for it and figured it had to be pretty good with George Clooney and Julia Roberts in it. Surprised it is only 90 minutes long though.

    betty

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    1. the fast pace is what keeps it good. I'm glad they kept it edited down in time

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  5. I want to see this one! I've heard good things, and I usually like Clooney and Roberts together. Have a great weekend! :)

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    1. they do click - you'll enjoy the rapport. Take care!

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  6. This sounds like a terrific movie. The clips I've seen on TV have all been intriguing, and it looks like the acting is superb. And I, for one, am THRILLED it's "only" 90 minutes long. Once upon a time, that was the norm. I don't know why movie producers think it's necessary to keep us glued to a seat until our butts are numb to watch a movie that drags on for three hours or so. (UGH! Did that just make me sound like an old fuddy duddy...?)

    Have a fantabulous weekend!

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    1. no, you sound quite practical. Now you know what to see on your anniversary

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  7. Thanks for the review. Think this is one I'll wait and catch on DVD.
    Barbara, blogging at Life & Faith in Caneyhead

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    1. Nowadays they are on DVD quickly. Enjoy

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