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I remember when this came out but wasn't very interested in seeing it, and quickly forgot about it completely.
DirecTV had a free STARZ weekend preview, and I DVR'd this, and my girlfriend and I watched it over the weekend.
We were both very impressed.
It's very interesting, first of all, as we didn't really know all that much about JP Getty's life...and what a total arsehole he was.
It's also rather exciting in parts. As a whole, it works exactly as intended with strong performances throughout.
I'm a little surprised at the low BO, especially considering it's a Ridley Scott film with big star power, and a globe trotting structure with some great set pieces. Rotten Tomatoes got it right with a nice 78% approval, and this really should have appealed to the masses.
Grade - B+
To ski or not to ski...that's not even a question.
- Period pieces usually aren't BO friendly. Especially these types, mid-20 century. - An unpopular topic. A case people are rarely familiar with. - It's a crime-drama-thriller. Something that would appeal to a more mature audience, a demo that doesn't frequent the cinema as much. - From the marketing, it appeared as the movie was a long, drawn-out drama. Which it was. - No actors to appeal to young audiences. - Seemed like something that would be better as a mini TV-series than a movie. Which coincidentally was done, at the same time (Trust 201.
I don't think the film ever fully recovered from the recasting of Plummer in what was originally Spacey's part as JP Getty.
Apparently, scenes were being reshot just a month out from release.
I think that helped it. It had the name of the movie out there. Free press. I'm sure a lot of people that had never heard of the movie, heard of it because of the controversy. Plummer got an Oscar nomination.