Sony Pictures Releasing
What’s It About:
A mockumentary about the super-rich, culminating in one tycoon’s obscenely wealthy party, which soon goes horribly wrong.
Who’s In It?
Steve Coogan (Alan Partridge, Philomena, & more recently Stan & Ollie)
Isla Fisher (Wedding Crashers, The Great Gatsby, & more recently Tag)
Other notables include:
Asa Butterfield (The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas, Hugo, & more recently Sex Education)
David Mitchell (Peep Show, That Mitchell And Webb Look, & more recently Upstart Crow)
Director: Michael Winterbottom (24 Hour Party People, The Killer Inside Me, & The Trip)
Fat cats are in the firing line in Michael Winterbottom and Steve Coogan’s latest collaboration. After the superb 24 Hour Party People in 2002, and countless series of the thoroughly absorbing The Trip, along with the less renowned Look Of Love and the forgettable Cock And Bull Story, the pair are at it again, this time taking pot shots at the super-rich – with some glaring parallels to current CEOs.
Coogan plays high-street tycoon Sir Richard McCreadie, who is called away from sunning himself on luxury yachts to get quite the dressing down from a parliamentary select committee, so immediately decides to boost his public profile with an opulent party for the rich and famous, which he will document with his own documentary team.
But as celebs start to pull out thanks to his poor profile, his biographer starts to lose heart in the sycophantic project, and the lavish party spirals out of control, things soon look pretty bleak for the fat cat.
Steve Coogan excels in the unlikeable role, but is rarely stretched, while there is a strong supporting cast with the likes of Asa Butterfield, Isla Fisher, David Mitchell, Sophie Cookson and Sarah Solemani to name a few. Director Michael Winterbottom takes aim at the excesses of the super-rich, highlighting tax evasion and avoidance, sweat shops, financial shenanigans, and mainly moral malpractice, but the targets are so broad and wide-ranging, that it barely touches the surface. Entertaining throughout, Greed is very much a dark satire, rather than laugh out loud comedy.
In A Nutshell:
Greed may be good, but unfortunately it is not great in this biting satire on the super-rich.
Steve Coogan & Isla Fisher impress
More satire than laugh out loud.
It tries to hit too many targets