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2020’s sadly overlooked *Greed* is available on Prime and Apple TV on both sides of the Atlantic
We got a lot of eat-the-rich movies in 2022 — The Menu, Triangle of Sadness, Glass Onion — a development of which I heartily approve. One recent similar satire was sadly overlooked, an early victim of our awful pandemic. Greed, from the brilliant Michael Winterbottom, opened in cinemas in both the US and the UK in February 2020, just before everything shut down, and seems to have been all but forgotten since. This must be remedied. Comedian Steve Coogan is searing as a British retail magnate/rich asshole — inspired by Philip Green (who once owned Topshop in the UK and Sears in the US, among other chains) — but this isn’t a laugh-out-loud comedy. Greed is only ever bleakly funny, as immense wealth, reality TV, sycophantic journalism, and privileged responses to Europe’s ongoing refugee crisis get skewered. It’s a laugh-till-you-cry sort of experience, and the ending is *chef’s kiss*.
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