On Thursday evening, Jodie Foster’s Money Monster premiered at the 69th Cannes film festival. The financial thriller which stars George Clooney, Julia Roberts, and Jack O’Connell received a standing ovation that lasted nearly four minutes, making the leads teary for the audience’s warm reception.
Money Monster is about a financial TV show’s investment pundit (Clooney) and producer (Roberts) who are taken hostage on-air by O’Connell, an angry investor. This film shows that aside from a bomb and a gun, the hostage taker also has a point. Here, Foster has given room for each performer to have their moment. The narrative’s credibility was enhanced by each actor’s acting quality.
Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter critic, called the film “a timely, moderately engaging real-time thriller about a live-TV hostage drama that unfortunately lacks any suspense whatsoever.”
When Woody Allen’s Café Society opened the 2016 Cannes film festival Wednesday night, it earned him a three-minute standing ovation. More praises can be expected as the festival continues. Collectively, it only shows that this year’s event has just been impressing guests and colleagues alike.
Money Monster is Rated R and it opens Friday.