What do you do on holiday when it’s raining? Go to a museum? Nah, boring. Sit in a cafe and drink hot chocolate? Nah, you can do that any time. The true escape from cold, torrential rain can only occur if you can neither hear nor feel nor see it. And that’s only possible if you hide yourself away in a dark cinema theatre.
Mr Arguably Honest and I spent the past few days enjoying Brighton (a post on the trip is coming, as it deserves its own) and, thankfully, for most part, the weather was amazing. So amazing, in fact, that I have red arms to prove it. One morning, however, we woke up to aforementioned torrential rain. And that’s when we hit Odeon to see Money Monster, which turned out to be a really good decision.
Julia Roberts and George Clooney (my biggest actor crush ever, actually) play an amazing TV duo with some insane dynamic. Clooney shows all he has in his acting arsenal (and he has a lot) playing an arrogant, self-righteous TV host, and a good few times you feel like telling him to shut up. Thankfully, Julia Roberts, his brilliant director, does it for you.
But Julia and George are not the only strong characters in this story, we definitely have some other great performances. Jack O’Connell as a desperate young man, with whom anyone who lost any money in the credit crunch could identify. Caitriona Balfe (Irish people have some crazy names…) as a face of a company which lost $800million overnight (I mean, who doesn’t love a young, strong woman at C-level? I certainly do!). Lenny Venito, as a cameraman who does not step down until the final ‘cut’ is called, also with some great one liners. And Christopher Denham is simply hilarious as a producer whose main point in the story seems to be running from one end of Manhattan to another at Olympic speeds.
But best of all is the story. We have a host of some rather ridiculous TV programme about money and investing (Clooney) on what seems to be a normal day. The only difference is that the stock he was encouraging everyone to buy for weeks just plummeted. Oh, and there’s a guy with a gun and explosives in the studio. At this point, we’re invited to watch an hour and a half (or so) of a hostage situation, where a desperate young man is looking for answers as to why he just lost all the money he had. And answers he gets.
Throughout the film, we are between gasping at the situation in the studio, where Clooney and Roberts are trying to talk their way out of the situation (with varying success) and a behind the scenes investigation into where the hell did that $800million go. Watching one without the other would probably be quite boring/cliche/overplayed, but together they add up to a really captivating combination, which results in gasping and even some laughs from the audience.
Of course, it does play into the “Wall Street is evil and living off poor people” theme, but even if you disagree with that, or think that Jack O’Connell’s character is a moron (because, frankly, he is – who on earth invests all of their money into one company’s shares? And only because some guy on TV, who enjoys dancing with a gold hat on, told him to?) I think you will enjoy this movie. It has suspense, it has some funny moments, it has great acting. And George Clooney. You can’t top George Clooney.