Money Monster – Film Review
“I won’t tell my wife if you don’t …” We follow a bombastic TV personality whose popular financial network show has made him the money wiz of Wall Street. But after he hawks a high tech stock that mysteriously crashes, an irate investor takes the presenter, his crew and producer hostage live on air. Unfolding in real time, they must find a way to keep themselves alive while simultaneously uncovering the truth behind a tangle of big money lies.
According to Moviesite, Money Maker seems to be more enjoyed by the masses than the critics, with this film receiving a rather average rating of 56%. The Rotten Tomatoes critics seem to form part of the consensus that the movie is not bad, with the overall view that Money Monster has a strong cast and solidly written story. “[The story] rides a timely wave of socioeconomic anger that is powerful enough to overcome an occasionally muddled approach to its worthy themes”.
Timeout adds that the entertainment factor generated from this film is indeed present, but it comes at a price, commenting that there is no escaping the silliness of this movie. To be fair, the movie is entirely absent of self-seriousness to begin with, therefore it is best not to approach it too seriously. “It is edgy and though-provoking, with its edge coming from it being more of a commentary on Wall Street and its uncertainties.”
As expected, it is said to be hilariously American through and through, from its throaty defence of the average Joe’s access to a fair global stock market as an essential human right, to its nonsensical but hilarious brief scenes set in other countries including Korea, Iceland and South Africa.
However, critics add that certain jabs at some of America’s socioeconomic issues, such as its rolling news culture and even financial corruption, feel half-hearted. “Most of the film’s energy is spent making this a swift, brisk kidnapping romp that always feels just one beat away from the cast smiling at the camera, winking and shrugging their shoulders,” says Timeout.
Sources: http://www.timeout.com/london/film/money-monster, https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/money_monster/, http://www.moviesite.co.za/2016/0603/money-monster.html