Recounting the global story of the 2007-2010 financial crisis, and the unrecognised people who profited from it, this movie is not the snoozefest you may expect it to be.
Following three separate narratives we gain a distinct inside into the economic collapse, falling housing market and the downfall of banking that effected many lives.
Michael Burry (Christian Bale) is first to discover that the U.S. housing market is extremely unstable, choosing to set up an elaborate banking opportunity to profit from such an outcome.
Trader Jared Vennett (Ryan Gosling) hears of the money making scheme and throws his hat in the ring, shortly followed by Mark Baum (Steve Carell).
Young investors Charlie Geller (John Magaro) and Jamie Shipley (Finn Wittrock) are eager to make their mark on the business and soon join in with the credit default swaps with the aid of retired banker Ben Rickert (Brad Pitt).
There’s a lot more to the story, and it is all laid out quite simply, largely due to many characters breaking the fourth wall in an effective strategy for audiences to retain information in an entertaining and manageable fashion.
The cast, though an extreme sausage-party, were each extraordinary. Gosling was perhaps the most charismatic and charming. Bale immersed himself into yet another unrecognisable role as the eccentric introvert. Carrel continued his transcendence from comedy to drama, and Pitt remained a strong edition. Wittrock performed exceptionally well in his first major role in a motion picture.
Celebrity cameos were littered throughout with stars like Selena Gomez, and Margot Robbie among others explaining extensive banking schemes which was pretty hilarious.
There was definitely a feel of Wolf of Wall Street throughout, though more focused on the business aspect than the partying scene.
Adam McKay took a large step away from his typical comedies SNL and Anchorman for a more intelligent, and sophisticated story rooted with humour. From a technical standpoint, the writing, direction, and editing of the movie were all sleek and flawless, resulting in an interesting and entertaining movie grounded in realism.
Can we just talk about the man-candy? Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale, Finn Wittrock and Max Greenfield. Yas! Though only Greenfield and Wittrock are actually lookers in the movie.
The movie hit the box office at number six, gaining $38 million against its $28 million budget. It became the highest grossing per cinema opening in eight theatres. Critics raved about the flick naming it the “strongest film explanation of the global financial crisis.” The movie met universal acclaim.
Our Verdict: Could The Big Short win best picture musical or comedy?
This seems like the kind of movie that could potentially win a Globe, it’s smart, humorous, stylish and tells an important story. The nominations are so great even this year there will not be much that tips it one way or another.
Could Christian Bale win best actor?
Most likely not. While he gave a commendable performance it just was not up there with the likes of Matt Damon or even the long-shot of Sylvester Stallone.
Could Steve Carell win best actor?
Carell’s McConaissance into serious acting can not come to an end fast enough, while he is not a bad edition he completely takes us out of the emotional story. He will not win.
Could Charles Randolph and Adam McKay win best screenplay?
The screenplay to this movie was awesome. Funny, charming, intelligent. The writes took a confusing and often boring topic of banking and made it not only understandable but quite intriguing also. Alongside the stellar editions this year, the category is anyones game.