Greed ★★★½

"Greed" is Good.

🗣 Michael Winterbottom prepares for The Trip to Greece, by having Steve Coogan look out over the Greek Med over white tablecloths
🎵 to the tune of Philip Glass's glorious "Satyagraha: Protest"

Both projects are satire of real-life people (in this case just bump the last letter of the title down a few notches for his surname), whilst in "The Trip" the subject is Steve himself.
I prefer it when he's poking fun at himself.

Both white dudes ambitiously ascended their respective industries. Though at £900m, Green's loot is an order of magnitude above jester Coogan's (£20m), there are more similarities between their worlds than the Sri Lanka whose low wages they preach (even when you purchasing power adjust them as Sony really should have done when they censored that section. Gosh: nothing more tragic than ineffectual censorship).

Now is their gripe simply with the fact of wealth differentials, or with Green's personality & culture more generally?

Because there is a new breed of entrepreneurs like Zuckerberg & Bezos who dwarf the likes of Green as CentiBillionaires (I mean even David Fincher saw a quiet nerd like Zuckerburg as more important subject and that was 10 years before). Even within fashion, the rise of unregulated internet chains like Boohoo have committed even worse supplier abuses.

Now Topshop and the rest of the "real world" has been mauled by the coked-up lion that is Covid-19, this film actually made me nostalgic for arseholes like Philip Green.
At least they actually *talk* to people (even if just for put-downs).
And their companies actually *make things* rather than just pushing dubious click-figures around.

Philip Green is a grade-A arsehole, just like Trump and all the other stupid&rich stupid-rich people.
But who are the ones we don't see? The ones with the digital loot, smart enough not to throw splashy 60th birthday parties.
Watch out for their greed, because they won't shout about it like the Gordon Philip J. Gekko McCreadie's of the world.

But less on money, here's some brilliant artistic choices in this film:
- The lookalike celebs scene
- Reel Scene's Asa Butterfield cast well as creepy successor. I imagine how Donald Jr. might be in 2028 after he cokes up a lion to kill pops
- David Mitchell being told he will be a movie star... and then find out he's playing David Mitchell

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