Greed is a strangely unique British satirical film that contrasts the living standards of the ridiculously rich in the westernised world and the impoverished in underdeveloped countries.
The story centers on Sir Richard McCreadie (Steve Coogan), a super-wealthy fashion tycoon who is on the verge of celebrating his 60th birthday on Mykonos, Greece. He is a ruthless parasite with a talent for making money, universally regarded as ‘an unacceptable face of capitalism’ and disparagingly known as Sir Shifty and Greedy McCreadie.
The rich get richer, but can they go too far to win? Through flashbacks, audiences will learn of his rise and eventual fall from grace as his deceitful ways catch up with him.
Nothing is sacred in this film which boasts a cleverly written script hysterical at times mocking refugees, high profile celebrities and reality television. Isla Fisher who is always a pleasure to watch on the big screen is refreshing as the divorced wife.
When comedy subsides in the finale of this ‘Greek tragedy’, a statement is conveyed on the unjust imbalance of global wealth, revealing the poor conditions and wages the destitute earn as slave labour working in clothing factories which manufacture for famous high street brands. (MMo)
Available via Universal Sony Pictures Home Entertainment July 7 (digital) and July 15 (Blu-Ray/DVD)