Cert: 15 Runtime: 130 mins Director: Adam McKay Cast: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Marisa Tomei, Rafe Spall, Melissa Leo, Karen Gillian and Brad Pitt
Truth is like poetry. And most people fucking hate poetry
The Big Short didn’t catch my eye at the beginning, with all it’s award nominations it triggered my intrigue. It does have a great cast and an interesting story of an event that effected the whole world. We all struggled after the last financial crisis, but these guys were rich after it. What is The Big Short about you ask? In 2005, eccentric yet brilliant hedge fund manager Michael Burry (Christian Bale) spots signs of instability in the US housing market and works out how to make a fortune when the bubble bursts. This attracts the attention of amoral banker Jared Vennett (Ryan Gosling), who joins forces with self-loathing money manager Mark Baum (Steve Carell) to make a killing. Elsewhere, two rookie investors lure retired trader Ben Rickert (Brad Pitt) back into the game to guide them to untold riches.
If you want to gain a better understanding of what caused the housing meltdown and financial crisis, watch this movie. It is of no surprise as to how this movie has received Oscar nominations. The phenomenal cast brought these recent historical figures to life in only a way that a cinematic story can do. Full of intellectual action, this movie successfully delivers a powerful message with a brilliant story. Many times, the best stories are true ones, and it doesn’t really get any truer or more visceral than this one. More than a documentary, this film possesses a brilliant approach to the visual storytelling of a real modern-day crisis that isn’t that far removed from today .As there was but one small flaw in acting, there were minor mistakes in direction. In attempting to create a pseudo-documentary style production, some shots would be purposefully poor quality and frequently pause to zoom into a photograph-like still of a character’s face. At some points in the film, this effect worked. However, when there was no accompanying narration, it disrupted the pace of the film, and ultimately created a lapse in attention from the audience instead imparting the intended effect of causing the viewers to stop and think about the gravity of the situation they were witnessing.
Steve Carell’s portrayal of the morally conflicted and brash banker was the best performance of the film and I am surprised he did not get an Oscar nomination; I preferred him to Bale. Even in the midst of all the numbers and talk of money the film managed to give the characters depth and background and not just use them as ventriloquist dummies to convey information to the viewers. Christian Bale’s performance of the socially awkward genius was pretty good too. Given it is based on true events and people made it a little awkward to watch Bale’s character because the majority of his performance is just him: he has minimal interaction with other actors and absolutely no interaction with any of the other leading cast. The combination of mostly an objective perspective with a healthy helping of subjective points-of- view makes this a unique experience. Watching this movie, I couldn’t help but imagine that t almost plays out as something fabricated, made up for a gripping and dynamic plot; but the fact of the matter is that this really happened. Although this is definitely a visually driven story, there are times that there is commentary or further information in the form of text or actors breaking the fourth wall. Ordinarily, I don’t typically like moves where the characters speak directly to the camera or audience. The Big Short is worthy of your time.