As a SAG-AFTRA member, you get certain opportunities. One of those opportunities is the chance to attend screenings of a movie before it is released. Thanks to Caroline Liem, we signed up for the 'All the Money In the World" screening. Sony has screenings for movies before they are released to the public and the earlier you sign up, they more you choice you have as to where you attend the screening. If you're a guild member, you can attend them & for free.
Quick tip---get there about an hour early. You'll need to park, check in, and then wait for the film to start. If you have time, pop across the street for a quick drink & happy hour. These events are always during happy hour. If you don't eat at happy hour, bring a snack. It'll help soak up any libations you've had pre-screening.
Our movie was at the Wilshire Screening Room on Wilshire and Beverly, in a cozy theatre with plush yellow seats. Can't give too many spoilers here considering the film comes out on December 25th, but I will tell you that all the hype was worth it.
Tatyana, Caroline, and I were excited to see the film. We couldn't take video inside the screening obviously, so here's what we will say....
Every person in this film did a fantastic job. From Christopher Plummer who replaced Kevin Spacey in the film to Michelle Williams to Mark Wahlberg, to Charlie Plummer and Romain Duris---every actor gave it their all and delivered spectacular performances.
Caroline and I agreed that our favorite part of the film was Romain Duris' character 'Cinquanta' and his relationship with Charlie Plummer's character 'Paul'.
Tatyana opted for a scene in the film where you see Michelle Williams' character 'Gail', truly struggling. There is a scene where she comes to terms with who her father-in-law truly is and it's heartbreaking.
The movie is raw & real, the type of film Tatyana and I want to do (Bio pics), and makes you realize that more often than not, we only know one side of history.
If you're an Angeleno, or if you know one, chances are you've been to the Getty Villa or the Getty Center. Both places are stunning and it's clear the Getty wealth is all around. There are videos talking about Mr. Getty's charity and his amazing legacy. You truly feel excited that this man was so kind and then you watch the film and you realize he actually had little to no redeeming qualities. And he wasn't so generous.
The movie is based on the true events: Mr. Getty's grandson Paul is kidnapped and when Mr. Getty's ex daughter-in-law asks for his help to pay the ransom, Mr. Getty refuses to pay one cent. He is portrayed as a miser and a real scrooge. You truly end up feeling disgusted by a man whose is praised for his charitable donations but in reality was harsh and stingy.
Plummer's performance was amazing. For an 88 year old to do 12+ days and do reshoots with such intensity was amazing.
Every actors did the reshoots on their own time, so kudos goes to everyone. You can't tell that Plummer even replaced Spacey because the acting is flawless.
Michelle Williams had an intense performance that left you with nothing but admiration for her character and the struggle a mother went through. Her accent is also spot on!
Mark Wahlberg is a great chameleon. From doing movies like 'Ted' and 'Daddy's Home 2' to such a serious role and doing it well, his performance was great.
Charlie Plummer also breathed life into Paul Getty and made an intense scene in the movie so real, we all had to hide behind our blankets.
Romain Duris is perhaps a personal favorite in that he is able to make a kidnapper almost lovable. You feel sympathy for his character even though he is a bad guy, and to make an audience love you when you're so bad is amazing.
You'll have to see the film for more details, but we promise it's worth it. Let us know what you think here in the comment below. Until then, check out the trailer!