One of the things that I’ve always loved about Director Jodie Foster is her brilliance in bringing social issues to light.  This is definitely her realm.

She does it once again with “Money Monster,” starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts who bring the star power and Jack O’Connell who does a great job of really inhabiting the desperate, moral center of the film.

This film is yet another Hollywood attempt to get the masses to see the corruption, lunacy and sheer amorality of Wall Street.  Foster does a great job of making this obvious without belaboring the point.  However, I’m afraid that many if not most viewers will go into this film expecting to see a Clooney-Roberts romantic comedy which this is not.

Money Monster is really bent on helping us to comprehend the pure greed of many on Wall Street and how their actions directly impact the lives of everyday people.  Even with the casting of Clooney and Roberts who do fine jobs in their roles, I’m afraid to say that far too many Americans in this day and age would opt for Disney over dialogue about harsh reality.

While I’ve seen and enjoyed many films like Money Monster, I just think they’re a tough sell. Many people can barely understand their own finances and tax preparation let alone comprehend how they’re being swindled – and make no mistake, they ARE being swindled – by Wall Street.

As usual, I won’t give away the plot, but I must say there’s one particular scene in which the cops come to the aid of a corrupt CEO.  Foster knew exactly what she was doing here and it blew my mind.  Even when we know better, we still want to see amoral, rich and powerful people as these benevolent beings who would do no wrong.  That’s because we still believe that maybe one day … yes, perhaps one day … if we continue to work really hard and come up with a great idea, we too, can be them.  We see ourselves as THEM ... one day.  This is how much we worship “success” today.  And yet, it’s this very delusion … it’s this very insistence on putting our heads in the sand … that gives birth to films like Money Monster.  

Making an entertaining morality tale about Wall Street is no easy feat, but Foster and Clooney, who also serves as producer here, and Roberts pull it off well enough.

Problem is … do we want to dig our heads out of the sand … or would we prefer a fairy tale?

Please don’t answer that.


Money Monster