All the Money in the World

Ridley Scott’s tony thriller about the 1973 kidnapping of John Paul Getty III, grandson of the imperious oil billionaire, was already primed for release when sexual assault allegations against Kevin Spacey, who played the old man, forced Scott to reshoot all his scenes with another actor, Christopher Plummer. The latter is equally adept at playing powerful men with ice in their veins, though at age 88 he has trouble with the flashback scenes showing Getty in the 1950s and ’60s. No matter: the story of young Getty’s abduction in Rome by an organized crime ring, and his grandfather’s refusal to pay the $17 million ransom, is inherently compelling. Scott brings the ancient city’s grandeur to bear on a story about the corrupting power of wealth, drawing fine performances from Mark Wahlberg as the security specialist whom Getty senior taps to handle the negotiations and Michelle Williams as the billionaire’s ex-daughter-in-law, who rues the day she ever got involved with the Getty fortune.