The 2017 Holiday Film Roundup, Part Two
By Livia Peterson
Happy New Year's Eve, y'all.
All the films I am providing capsule reviews for are biopics, based on true stories. While Molly's Game is about Molly Bloom (Jessica Chastain) managing the most exclusive high stakes poker game, All the Money in the World is about John Paul Getty III's (Charlie Plummer) kidnapping and his billionaire grandfather J. Paul Getty (Christopher Plummer) to pay the ransom. And finally, Darkest Hour is about Prime Minister Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman) negotiating with Adolf Hitler during the World War Two.
Molly's Game: While the first hour and thirty minutes are brilliant, the remaining hour is rather tedious and underwhelming. The director Aaron Sorkin provides zany, snappy dialogue and a rather predictable narrative: the rise and fall of Ms. Bloom. One is definitely able to notice this is Mr. Sorkin's directorial debut: the actors' foreheads are frequently out of the frame. While the film is far from perfect, it is an admirable effort. B
All the Money in the World: Anchored by incredible performances by Michelle Williams and Christopher Plummer, Ridley Scott's latest film is a fascinating cautionary tale, regarding greed and corruption. However, the film provides a typical biopic narrative and meandering second act. C+
Darkest Hour: Between Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk and Joe Wright's Darkest Hour, the former is the superior Dunkirk related film to be released during 2017. The latter film only provides the Academy caliber performance by Mr. Oldman. Otherwise, the underwhelming narrative is difficult to admire and love. C+