Not as bad as I was expecting, but this was still a film filled with a lot of problems for me.  Some solid performances but they couldn’t make up for the messy presentation.

Certificate: 15

Director: Michael Winterbottom

Screenwriter: Michael Winterbottom

Starring: Steve Coogan, Isla Fisher and David Mitchell

Genre: Comedy, Drama

Runtime: 104 Minutes

Rating: 2 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

The trailer for this film made it look so much worse than it was.  Which is impressive considering that this film was still pretty bad.  It wasn’t even bad in the way that I was expecting.  I thought it would be awash with bad acting and a really flimsy story.  And while this may not have exactly been the case, it did have a multitude of problems that overall made it very lack lustre for me.

‘Greed’ follows Sir Rickard McReady as he is preparing for his ridiculously over the top sixtieth birthday party.  While also flashing back to different periods of his life to show how me made his billions and the immoral things he has done in order to get to where he is today.  In essence, this film is a satire focussed on the super-rich and the things they can and will do because they can get away with it.

The first half of this film is really all over the place.  Jumping between present day, the recent past and Richards time in the 1970s. It chops and changes all the time and then also switches to David Mitchell’s ‘biographer’ storyline as well.  It is all rather jarring and doesn’t flow well at all.  This settles down a little more in the second half of the film, when the main storyline is really the focus, but the first half is rough to get through.

Isla Fisher probably gives the best performance in the film, which is surprising as she is reduced to the role of the divorced wife.  But all the other characters, including Sir Rickard himself are all just pastiches of characters we have seen a thousand times.  David Mitchell appears to just be playing himself in the film, and Steve Coogan playing a slightly less funny version of his famed character Alan Partridge.  No new material here.  And why for the love of god does no one think you can have a British comedy without the use of constant gratuitous swearing?  Is that really what people think we sound like?

The overall message of the story, the corrupt nature of money and capitalism etc etc, is actually handled very well.  It’s subtle, but it is there buried under all the poorly written comedy and a LOT of togas.  The storyline, the present day one at least, was fairly decent.  And I would have much preferred it if we could have stayed with that story instead of jumping around everywhere.  I didn’t like the way the story wrapped up however.  I was completely ridiculous and unbelievable and features the worst CGI lion I have seen on screen in a long time. 

This film was completely average on all ways.  It’s OK story not quite making up for all it’s short comings.

Greed releases in UK cinemas on the 21st February