When the banks committed the greatest fraud in US history, four outsiders risked it alt to take them down. Based on the unbelievable true story and best-selling book from the author of 'The Blind Side' and 'Moneyball', critics are calling 'The Big Short' "slick and funny".
We've had "Margin Call" and "99 Homes" looking at aspects of the 2008 financial crisis, but this is the film that will bring home most forcibly exactly what happened, and why. Given that we are still labouring under the consequences of that time, and most likely heading for a repeat in the not-too-distant future, this is essential viewing. It is an intelligent film about complex issues and ideas, but it is never anything other than absorbing and entertaining.
It has a rather quirky style in parts that can be annoying, but for the most part the story tells itself, and what a story it is. An all- star cast play it very straight, and some of the lesser known players have a real impact; Steve Carrell was not an obvious choice to play the lead, but he carries the film really well, and you'll find yourself growing equally amazed, angry and peed off as he uncovers the truth.
Based on a true story, the written summary of what happened next (at the end) is almost as powerful as the film itself, and very worrying.
Hold the front page! This is the film about sub-prime mortgages for which you’ve been so avidly waiting. Not.
It darts around all over the place trying to make a boring subject cool, but that merely highlights the emptiness of the whole project. We’re presented with such a slew of financial characters that we need a Ryan Gosling voiceover to keep up. Celebrities break the fourth wall to explain financial products to the viewer. Mannered performances, jump cuts and irritating zooms all add to the irritation.
As a result, rather than making you angry at the banking crisis, the film makes you give up caring, which is a tragedy. Don’t be fooled by its Oscar nominations. Hollywood loves to pat itself on the back for addressing important issues. Step forward Argo, for instance. The film has received good reviews simply for its subject matter, but those reviews come from critics who care only about its subject matter. In which case, they should watch a documentary.
As a piece of cinema, this is a boring mess about financial institutions. You’ll want to rush to see it. Not.
Banks never change, they keep making money.
- The Big Short review by NC
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Concentrate when watching this. Another description/explanation of the bank scandal that hit the ordinary man...........again........will not be the last of course.
Lot of names in this one. Not giving full effect as a group though. Pitt and Bale always noticeable throughout.
Margin call and 99 homes cover it well, but Inside Job is the easiest one to understand for me. Damon fronts up an almost documentary approach, with some of the people involved at the time. The criminal element is more noticeable, as opposed to the implied stupidity/negligence theory sometimes put forward in Big Short