When I saw the first trailer for "Money Monster", I immediately knew that I wanted to see it. I was definitely intrigued by the premise, and the cast looked great, led by George Clooney and Julia Roberts.
The film was definitely good, however it had some very distinct weaknesses. The writing is pretty formulaic. I could very easily figure out what would happen next in the progression of the movie. This predictability harmed the tension-building of the film, as I knew what would end up happening, so I knew that nothing required my suspense. The character development of the character of Kyle is extremely well-developed. His character is probably the most well-written in the film, as he is quickly made to be relatable to the audience. Clooney's character ends up well-developed, however his development starts off slow, positioning him as a snobbish member of the 1% until a major development in the story, which I will not reveal. The antagonist of the film is also ridiculously formulaic.
The acting in the film is really great. Clooney and Roberts are obviously fantastic. They feel fully committed to their roles, and it shows in their characters. Jack O'Connell, as Kyle, is the biggest surprise of the film. He is extremely believable in his role, passionate and involved in the character. These believable performance help the film, as it plays out realistically.
So "Money Monster" is definitely a good film, however it is far from perfect. Great performances and an extremely well-written character in Kyle compensate for a formulaic plot.
Big Tuna's Rating: B+
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Probably.
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