ACTORS – Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Brad Pitt
DIRECTOR – Adam McKay
CERT – 15
The Big Short, based on the book of the same name is all about the financial crisis of 2007/2008. Hedge funds and subprime loans and credit swaps – oh my!
The Big Short is an ensemble piece with many different characters all essentially after the same thing but going about it in different ways.
After Christian Bale’s character discovers that the housing market is en route to crash he decides to bet millions of dollars against the banks that supplied the mortgage. When a few other businessmen get wind of this they decide to investigate and seeing how much money they can make they also bet against the banks. The banks are going to fail because of the seriously dodgy mortgages that they have been handing out and other corrupt backroom shenanigans.
Exposing the corruption of large financial institutions is great but making billions is better.
To be honest I found most of the details in the film to be quite tedious and a little confusing at times, but the filmmakers are fully aware of this so they bring in Margot Robbie in a bathtub to explain the finer details – hmmm.
I also hate the way this film is shot. The faux documentary style was almost motion sickness inducing and generally quite irritating although those annoying camera moves calm down after about 30 minutes into the film.
So I hated the film right? Wrong. It’s a decent film, with some really good performances and it’s an interesting topic but by keeping the everyman out of the picture and concentrating on the suits, the moral implications of what these guys are doing is lessened.
We don’t get to see much of how these deals impacted people’s lives.
Director Adam McKay who is known for films like Step Brothers, Anchorman and The Other Guys proves he can make more than just comedies, it’s just a shame he decided to film it the way he did.
The Big Short has been nominated for Best Picture in this years Oscars but honestly I don’t know why, other than the cast list. The film is good but it’s nothing to get overly excited about.
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