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Directed by: Adam McKay
Starring: Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell & Marisa Tomei
Another movie review of the year and it’s a review with a twist. You see, I decided to turn up to the cinema and watch the first screening available at the time I arrive to the cinema. That’s the story behind me seeing this film. I wish I could say different, well I could, but that would be a lie.
So, what’s it all about? The Big Short centres around four denizens in the world of finance predict the credit and housing bubble collapse of 2007. The film is broke up into three but parallel stories surrounding the crash. The big banks, media and government are blinded by the situation and refuse to see the bigger picture. Their bold investment leads them to the shady side of modern banking, which leads them to question everyone, everything and themselves.
I’ll be honest. When it comes to banking, mortgages and shit like that, it goes over my head. It’s all double Dutch to me, so you can tell where this review is leading to.
There’s a lot of technical terms and jargon from the world of economics which will be a mystery for most of the viewers, so they have cameos from Margot Robbie and Selina Gomez (appearing as themselves) to break the 4th wall to recite the patronising and gimmicky mini-explanations written for them. At least they got well paid, right?
Although they explain the terms in a layman’s terms way, it still went over my head.
Most of the time the film comes across as smug and self- important. Instead of getting Gordon Gekko, we end up getting the Monopoly man.
I can’t take away from the cast. Christian Bale is on top form as always in his role of Michael Burry, a shy and difficult man employed as a fund manager and spends a lot of time in his office listening to heavy rock music. I’m not going to spoil it but he does have a special ending involving his wife he met via a dating website. Great performance from Steve Carell. His character, Mark Baum, is an angry, hot headed man who is traumatised by a personal tragedy.
If you understand how the money world works then you’ll totally get this film, but I don’t.
Good acting, average story.
Rating: ** ½ (No way, Pedro)