Money Monster stars George Clooney, Julia Roberts, and Jack O’Connell and tells the story of a financial TV host Lee Gates, you know those TV shows that tell you what stocks to invest in and what ones to drop, and his director Patty, who are put in an intense and extreme situation when an irate investor who lost everything in a stock takes over the studio during a live broadcast. While on air to millions of people, Lee and Patty must work together to find answers.
First and foremost, we have to talk about the performances. Everyone is really good in their roles especially the three leads. George Clooney is extremely good and convincing, as he always is, and gives an outstanding performance. His liveliness and charisma really gives the movie its energy. Julia Roberts is very good in her role. As one who has seen a few news directors direct a show, she pulls it off perfectly. Jack O’Connell also gives a great performance and you can really see why his character is doing the things that he does, you can see the many problems he is facing and it makes his character really fleshed out. Roberts and Clooney make an excellent team and they have really good chemistry throughout the movie. All the performances in the movie are universally good
The story is well told. There is a nice sort of mystery going on throughout the movie and it’s pretty intriguing the entire time. The company that Jack O’Connell’s character and millions of others invested their money in suddenly plummeted in the stock market. No one, not even the company, seems to know why and the CEO of the company has suddenly disappeared. No one seems to know what is happening and as the movie progresses, the mystery continues to unfold. It’s all very well done and flows well.
All the scenes that take place in the studio are very intense and engaging, with each moment the tension rises, but whenever the movie leaves the studio to focus on its outside story, the tension deflates. The storyline outside of the studio is important and integral to the plot, but it’s not handled as well as the stuff in the studio. It’s not as interesting and every time it cut, I just found myself wanting to go back to the studio.
The biggest problem the movie has though, is it doesn’t have much of a rewatchability factor. It’s a good movie, but I don’t ever need to watch the movie again. I’m not going to be raving and telling everyone they have to go and watch it. Like I said, It is a good movie don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed it and had a good time, but I’ll never bring it to a movie night and say, “hey let’s watch this!” I just don’t see myself ever watching it again. Jodi Foster did a good job with directing it, but it doesn’t seem like a very hard movie to direct. The movie feels like an early 2000’s movie. It’s hard to explain what that means, but when watching it, it just feels like an older movie from 15 years ago. Not that that is a bad thing, but because it feels like that, it feels old and uninspired at times. They don’t really do anything new.
Overall, it is a pretty good movie, despite having almost no rewachability factor to it. The movie is really carried through the fantastic performances from George Clooney, Julia Roberts, and Jack O’Connell. Without these performances, the movie would be a total dud. It’s worth the watch and you’ll probably have a good time.