Money Monster (2016) – Review

No-one could argue that financial corruption hasn’t been given a fair shake on the big screen in recent years. Margin Call, The Wolf Of Wall Street and The Big Short, to name a few, have all arrived with serious ‘wake up’ undertones and damning indictments of the current deplorable state of some kind of financial implosion or another. Director Jodie Foster pitches Money Monster somewhere in the middle of all that, taking the opportunity to jumble its satire with some old-school thrills and the effortless charm of its charismatic leading man.

While hardly spectacular, the performances are solid across the board. Jack O’Connell remains one of the most interesting young actors in Hollywood, and though Clooney tends to reserve his stand-out performances for every few years, he’s just so classically magnetic that every time he’s on-screen he’s a presence. Whether that’s him dancing around as an ostentatious finance TV host or just sitting in a chair.

The morals and agendas of corruption are certainly there somewhere, but they kind of get lost amidst the jokes and corporeal tension so impressively handled by Foster and her cast. Ultimately the film flies because of that persuasive surface, but it never soars.

Verdict:

Money Monster has points to make, but without the fun of Clooney’s charm and some unhinged performances, it would likely fall flat. An enjoyable if ultimately forgettable two hours.  

★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

Director: Jodie Foster; Screenwriters: Jamie Linden, Alan DiFiore; Starring: George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Jack O’Connell, Caitriona Balfe, Dominic West; Running time: 98 minutes; Certification: 15

 

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