Keep up-to-date on your favourite artists and movies, track gig and release dates, and join in the conversation.
SEARCH RESULTS FOR
Joel interviews the MIFF team to find out what's in this year's program announcement! Click to listen to our special SWITCHCast ep now.x
review, Greed, Greed, film, movie, latest movies, new movie, movie ratings, current movie reviews, latest films, recent movies, current movies, movie critics, new movie reviews, latest movie reviews, latest movies out, the latest movies, review film, latest cinema releases, Australian reviews, home entertainment, DVD, Blu-ray, Steve Coogan, Asa Butterfield, Isla Fisher, Sophie Cookson, Shirley Henderson, Stephen Fry, David Mitchell, Sarah Solemani, Jamie Blackley, Shanina Shaik, Michael Winterbottom, Comedy, Drama

GREED

★★

MOCKUMENTARY MISSES BOTH COMEDY AND SOCIAL COMMENTARY BEATS

ONLINE ENTERTAINMENT
LATEST REVIEWS
By Chris dos Santos
15th May 2020

Mockumentaries, when done right, not only serve as great comedy, but can spin audiences into a new perceptive. A golden cinematic mockumentary is rare, the most recent successful examples I can think of are 'What We Do In The Shadows' and 'Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping', but on TV the genre has always thrived - from 'The Office', 'Parks and Recreation', 'Modern Family', 'Summer Heights High', its an ever-growing list. 'Greed' not only hopes to charm with its British comedy but also what it presents as "deep" social commentary.

Sir Richard McCreadie (Steve Coogan, 'Stan & Ollie', 'The Trip to Spain') is a multi-billionaire in the retail fashion world. But his public image has been tarnished, so he comes up with the idea to throw himself a star-studded 60th birthday in Mykonos. Nick (David Mitchell, TV's 'Peep Show' and 'That Mitchell and Webb Look') has been roped into to produce a biography about the event and McCreadie's career.

'GREED' TRAILER

If you're a fan of other works that involve comedians like Coogan and Mitchell, this film will offer you a light chuckle - the comedy is fine (for the most part) and doesn't really have any standout moments, but it isn't unfunny. The biggest problem I found with this movie is while yes, of course it is poking fun at the rich, but then it also wants to have deep social comedy on the fashion industry's use of sweatshops.

This is an issue that should be discussed more, but this is a dumb comedy about wealthy people so you can't go from yelling about the colour fuchsia to the grim reality of a family member working in a sweatshop. While McCreadie isn't portrayed in a great light, the film never wants to paint him as the bad guy - plus the tone of the film doesn't blend the two sides together; it too stark a contrast. The film thinks it's being groundbreaking and shocking - the end credits have facts about the industry and how bad it is - but it just comes across as tonal dissonance. It's one thing to be a zany comedy, but paring that with sweatshop social commentary doesn't work as it's so disjointed from the main characters. The film stays very surface level with the issue, but still presents it as some kind of new insight.

If you're a fan of other works that involve comedians like Coogan and Mitchell, this film will offer you a light chuckle - the comedy is fine (for the most part) and doesn't really have any standout moments, but it isn't unfunny.

The film has other tonal issues too. There's a death towards the end of the film that tries to be so many things at once - emotional, gory, funny - and none of them land on any level.

'Greed' is a so-so comedy; I wouldn't say it's worth your time unless you're a fan of some of the actors. The comedy is surface-level fine; no one is bombing, but no one is succeeding. The film does stumble with its handling of sweatshops and the fashion industry, and that's more than enough to give this one a miss.

FAST FACTS
RELEASE DATE: TBA
RUN TIME: 1h 44m
CAST: Steve Coogan
Asa Butterfield
Isla Fisher
Sophie Cookson
Shirley Henderson
Stephen Fry
David Mitchell
Sarah Solemani
Jamie Blackley
Shanina Shaik
WRITER/DIRECTOR: Michael Winterbottom
PRODUCERS: Damian Jones
Melissa Parmenter
SCORE: Harry Escott
TOP-RATED REVIEWS
Umbrella Home Entertainment Prize Pack - Get copies of Gunda, King Otto and Relic to enjoy at home!
TRENDINGWIN UMBRELLA HOME ENTERTAINMENT PRIZE PACKGet copies of Gunda, King Otto and Relic to enjoy at home!
Cosmic Sin - A film that delivers on the promise of its title
TRENDINGCOSMIC SINA film that delivers on the promise of its title
Pocahontas - 25 years later, the colours of the wind are fading
TRENDINGPOCAHONTAS25 years later, the colours of the wind are fading
The Final Quarter - Tackling a shameful chapter in AFL history
TRENDINGTHE FINAL QUARTERTackling a shameful chapter in AFL history
The Keeper - The true story of the Nazi goalkeeper and the English girl
TRENDINGTHE KEEPERThe true story of the Nazi goalkeeper and the English girl
Jungle Cruise - Sailing into a new Disney classic adventure
TRENDINGJUNGLE CRUISESailing into a new Disney classic adventure
The World at War - The landmark documentary series restored in high definition
TRENDINGTHE WORLD AT WARThe landmark documentary series restored in high definition
Suicide Squad - A woefully dull and incomprehensible mess
TRENDINGSUICIDE SQUADA woefully dull and incomprehensible mess
The Princess Diaries - 20 years since Genovia found its princess
TRENDINGTHE PRINCESS DIARIES20 years since Genovia found its princess
River's Edge - The kids aren't alright
TRENDINGRIVER'S EDGEThe kids aren't alright
Matilda - Revolting children for 25 years
TRENDINGMATILDARevolting children for 25 years
Golden Voices - Immigration struggles with amusing challenges
TRENDINGGOLDEN VOICESImmigration struggles with amusing challenges
Boxing Day Movies 2020 - The year's biggest films bursting onto cinema screens
TRENDINGBOXING DAY MOVIES 2020The year's biggest films bursting onto cinema screens
Fanny Lye Deliver'd - Feminist folk horror
TRENDINGFANNY LYE DELIVER'DFeminist folk horror
The Last Horns of Africa - The danger, the heartache and the importance of saving the Rhinos
TRENDINGTHE LAST HORNS OF AFRICAThe danger, the heartache and the importance of saving the Rhinos
Monty Python's Flying Circus: The Complete Series - Sketches at a revolution
TRENDINGMONTY PYTHON'S FLYING CIRCUS: THE COMPLETE SERIESSketches at a revolution
25 Free-to-Watch Short Horror Films - The scariest shorts we uncovered online
TRENDING25 FREE-TO-WATCH SHORT HORROR FILMSThe scariest shorts we uncovered online
Aiyai: Wrathful Soul - Ambitious but unfocused Aussie horror
TRENDINGAIYAI: WRATHFUL SOULAmbitious but unfocused Aussie horror
Midsommar: The Director's Cut - Ari Aster elevates an already remarkable film to a masterpiece
TRENDINGMIDSOMMAR: THE DIRECTOR'S CUTAri Aster elevates an already remarkable film to a masterpiece
Inseparable Bros - A heartwarming tale about disability and the power of friendship
TRENDINGINSEPARABLE BROSA heartwarming tale about disability and the power of friendship
© 2011 - 2021 midnightproductions
All rights reserved

Support SWITCH | Disclaimer | Contact Us!