Friday, May 13, 2016

Money Monster


So many movies these days frustrate me because of how long they take to get going.  Why must I wait 15 minutes, 30 minutes, or even half the movie to become engaged?  That's bad writing and bad filmmaking.  One of the things I love about Money Monster is, you get pulled in right from minute one.  That's courtesy of good writing, good filmmaking, and the very charismatic George Clooney.  Clooney plays a Jim Cramer-esque financial TV show host whose perfect world gets turned upside down by an angry viewer.  And what results is a well-paced thriller that takes place in real time, keeps you entertained from start to finish, and doesn't overstay its welcome by a bloated running time.  It's hard to believe that's such a rarity, but it is.

Grade: A-

Who is this movie for?  If you're tired of superheroes and prefer a solid adult drama/thriller that tackles timely concerns we all have about our money, then this is the one for you.

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