Friday, November 15, 2013

The Rockefellers

John D. Rockefeller, the son of a traveling con artist and a devout mother, was a callous businessman with great disdain for his competition and the public. He would go on to amass one of the greatest fortunes the world has seen, give much of it back, and create a legacy shrouded in contradiction and mystery. The Rockefellers is a fascinating profile, mostly focusing the life of the family's patriarch, and told by many of his progeny. The film is admirable for not taking the hard line and instead offers a sweeping and often sympathetic view of the oil magnate.