- 1 hr 44 min
Greed is a 2019 British film comedy-drama directed by Michael Winterbottom and starring Steve Coogan, Isla Fisher, David Mitchell, and Dinita Gohil. The movie tells the story of a ruthless billionaire named Sir Richard McCreadie (Coogan) who has made his fortune by exploiting the poor and the underprivileged. The film begins with McCreadie preparing for his lavish 60th birthday party on the Greek island of Mykonos. As his staff runs around, setting up the party's logistics, the audience is introduced to McCreadie's family, friends, and employees. The movie then flashes back to his early life, showcasing how McCreadie made his fortune by buying cheap clothes from sweatshops in Sri Lanka and then selling them at a high markup in his high-street fashion stores. Throughout the film, we see various instances of McCreadie's cutthroat business tactics, including boasting about his wealth to an impoverished Sudanese worker, playing a cruel prank on his former business partner, and throwing a tantrum when his birthday cake is not up to par. The audience also witnesses his deep-seated insecurities, such as his desperation to have a knighthood bestowed upon him. Intertwined with McCreadie's story is the tale of Nick (Mitchell), a writer who is tasked with writing McCreadie's biography. Through Nick, we get to know some of the underlings McCreadie has exploited over the years. One such person is Amanda (Fisher), the ex-wife of one of McCreadie's associate. Amanda is vying for custody of her son, Finn (Asa Butterfield), and needs Nick's help to prove that McCreadie is an unfit parent. Another sub-plot deals with the refugee crisis, as we see a group of Syrian refugees being forced to leave their makeshift camp so that McCreadie can set up his party on the location. This part of the movie highlights the juxtaposition between the lives of the rich and the poor. Despite the heavy subject matter, the movie manages to maintain a humorous tone throughout, especially in scenes involving McCreadie's spoiled, bratty daughter Lily (Sophie Cookson) and his sycophantic assistant Amanda (Dinita Gohil). There are also several cameos, including appearances by Jamie Blackley, Shirley Henderson, and Ollie Locke, all of whom portray McCreadie's cronies. Overall, Greed presents a scathing critique of the excesses of the wealthy, and the price that some people are willing to pay to achieve success. The movie raises some thought-provoking questions about capitalism, consumerism, and the morality of the ultra-rich. Despite its heavy themes, the movie is visually dazzling, with stunning cinematography showcasing the opulence of Mykonos and the glamorous parties thrown by the rich and famous. In conclusion, Greed is a witty, satirical film with a poignant message that will linger on in the minds of viewers for days to come. With stellar performances from its ensemble cast and a sharp script that brilliantly portrays the dark side of wealth creation, the movie is a must-watch for anyone who wants to get a glimpse of the high-stakes world of billionaires.