Director: Michael Winterbottom
Cast: Steve Coogan, Isla Fisher, Asa Butterfield, David Mitchell, Shirley Henderson
Steve Coogan plays Sir Rich “Greedy” McCready, a narcissistic billionaire, modelled on the high-street fashion mogul Sir Philip Green. Shot in a mockumentary style, the film centres around Sir Rich’s absurdly over the top, Roman-themed 60th birthday party on the island of Mykonos. Having suffered bad publicity after a catastrophic performance in front a parliamentary committee – leading to celebs pulling out of his birthday bash.
With Isla Fisher playing his first wife, Shirley Henderson as his elderly mum, Sarah Solemani as the severely harassed assistant who is tasked with booking Elton John to play at his party, Asa Butterfield as his stroppy teen son and David Mitchell as a cynical journalist-turned-biographer who has been hired by Sir Richard.
With a fake tan that can easily rival David Dickinson as well the emulsion white teeth and silver-grey hair – Steve Coogan gives a very good performance, and the film is funny and entertaining although I can’t in honesty say it’s an enjoyable watch – after watching this dissection of how the 1% screw the rest of us over, I left the cinema raging and wanting to change the world….Then again I’m sure that’s what the director intended!