If you’ve had your fill of films featuring things that blow up or superheroes, then settle into a theater seat and prepare to be entertained by characters that don’t fly.
Money Monster delivers the old-fashioned way with a clever script and great performances. Here are 5 reasons to see it.
1. George Clooney is at his most charming.
No wonder Amal married the man! George really can turn it on when he wants to. And he does in this fast-paced thriller. Not only is the charisma volume hiked up to 11, but we find out very quickly that George can dance. No, not ballroom dance. The guy can actually shake his booty. When Clooney, who plays financial TV show anchor Lee on the hit program Money Matters saunters onto set, you think he’ll be playing a serious “newsroom”-style anchor. Not so. Instead, Lee is a Jim “Mad Money” Cramer type of guy, and Money Matters mixes financial advice with sexy backup dancers, big red “voice” buzzer buttons and pop-up graphics and music. All that mixed with serious financial advice including his stock tip of the millenium… and that’s what gets him in trouble, when he makes one astoundingly bad recommendation and his viewers lose their shirts.
2. Julia Roberts is back and she hasn’t been this good since Erin Brockovitch.
It’s actually a relief to see a completely non-glammed up looking Julia. She’s so good in this as Lee’s smart, hard bitten TV show producer, Patty, who has spent decades thinking on her feet — or in her chair, with a set of headphones on — that you completely forget that she’s “acting”. Julia is Patty, a woman who has devoted herself to Lee and to creating a hit news show. When the wildest, worst thing that can happen does and Lee’s life is threatened by a disgruntled viewer, Kyle Budwell ( Jack O’Connell) she barely takes a beat before adapting and carrying on with her job. Julia’s Patty is my new #careergoals model.
3. Money Monster is that weird, impossible thing: a funny thriller.
Lee (George Clooney) is about to have the worst day of his life when unhinged truck driver Kyle sneaks into the TV studio, carrying a gun and a suicide vest to take Lee hostage. Lee needs to fight and talk for his life, and you’re on the edge of your seat, but you’re also cracking up. One example: the words “erectile cream” will have some intended and unintended consequences.
4. You can see Money Monster with your boyfriend or girlfriend.
It’s equally valid as a date film and a chick’s night out. Choices.
5. Nosy New Yorkers make the finale of the film especially fabulous.
What is it about New Yorkers that when there’s trouble in the streets, they flock and don’t flee? It happened in Ghostbusters and it happens here in Money Monster. As the film comes to an epic conclusion, Lee, Kyle and their entourage of New York City SWAT team members hustle their way on foot downtown while city pedestrians follow, as entranced as Munchkins, following Dorothy down the yellow brick road. And as you’re watching the film build to its satisfying peak, you just know that real New Yorkers would be unable to keep themselves from getting involved in a similar real life situation t! In fact, Money Monster is entirely plausible. If you see it, you’ll find out why!
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