Greed Reviewed by Jon E Clist
Greed is the fictional story of a retail billionaire, set in the glamorous and celebrity-filled world of luxury fashion, which is centred around the build up to a spectacular 60th birthday party in an exclusive hotel on the Greek island of Mykonos.
Over the past decade there has certainly become a greater awareness amongst the public about the poor conditions of workers in the third world manufacturing community and the extent to which some international fashion houses have exploited this for major financial gain. While Greed is a fictional story, you get the feeling that it is based on so many stories that have come to light. The idea that a very small group of people can make obscene volumes of money on the broken backs of the workers and then walk away from debts is an extreme travesty of justice.
Yes, Greed is a satirical comedy that takes a deep dark and somewhat funny look at the types of people and situations behind these practices, it is rather scary and telling too. As a result of the wonderful script and magical performances by a stellar cast, you very quick fall in love with some and the distaste of others grows deep.
This film made me so angry and then when we happened upon a shopping mall on the day after it began to continue the change in our minds as we started to adjust where we shopped in order to support a more ethical world of clothing. A good satirical movie can do that, challenge your thoughts and actions via the use of clever comedy. Greed certainly does that and in the main part thanks to a brilliant performance by Steve Coogan. Wow, this guy has had a wonderful career of playing some questionable characters including an extreme version of himself in The Trip films. It is always cool when an actor is not afraid to muddy the waters in pursuit of great roles.
If you would like to find out more about what clothing companies in New Zealand are best at operating in a more ethical manner check out the Ethical Fashion Guide at Tearfund. https://www.tearfund.org.nz/Get-Involved/Ethical-Fashion-Guide.
Another awesomely satirical masterpiece from the always enjoyably uncomfortable duo of Michael Winterbottom and Steve Coogan. I loved it!
Releases: 25th June 2020
Rating: R13 – Contains Violence, offensive language, drug use & content that may disturb
Duration: 104 minutes
Starring: Steve Coogan, Asa Butterfield, Isla Fisher, David Mitchell
Director: Michael Winterbottom (The Trip)