I liked the movie. A lot. I laughed – a lot. I also cried inside. The film is that complicated thing, a tragi-comedy. Its co-writer and director, Adam McKay, breaks the ‘fourth wall’ of movie-making not just by allowing characters to speak to camera; not just by insisting on ‘telling’ as well as ‘showing’ (which apparently movie schools prohibit) but also by refusing to patronise his audience.
Playing to McKay’s proven strengths, the actors portray antisocial rogues, whose many aesthetic and interpersonal faux pas score many of the film’s early laughs. This could be viewed as yet another decision to pander, but in its performances The Big Short finds its unlikely pathos. This is not despite the celebrity baggage of its world-famous leads, but because of it.
Even though McKay gives the impression he is using recognizable forms of infotainment to educate us, the film doesn’t do that—it’s barely in the form of a movie. This disrespect is what makes The Big Short so satisfying. It jeers at and burlesques Wall Street for letting the crash happen, using Michael Lewis’s book to show there were people who knew it was going to happen. Its slapdash quality reinforces the idea that it needed to be made.
For someone who has a low attention span when in comes to numbers and financial terms, this helps explain Wallstreet's gambling problem. Throw in some popular celebrities to explain economic depreciation in two hours, then I'm for it!
Extremely good popularization of some financiary techniques. You can tell me whatever you want but what they're doing is not work. It's just some kind of legal fraud. I don't mind as long as they're not considering themselves as honest people. Strongly recommended.
I don't begrudge "Step Brothers" director Adam McKay the leap to Oscar contention, yet in this film's attempt to constantly entertain its audience, it becomes anti-entertainment; in its attempt to break down arcane financial regulations into relatable language, it ends up condescending the viewer. Oliver Stone in his prime could have told this story in a way that left you breathless, but McKay is no Stone.
Incredibly big piece of nothingness called America. Ostensibly different, but this devastatingly bleak horror film(This is comedy?...oh, c'mon..) shares same desolate spirits with Rick Alverson's "Entertainment" Maybe after "The Big Short," people like Steve Carell will become Neil Hamburger & wander in infinite wilderness. Never I imagined that such a day would come when I cry out watching Adam McKay's film, though.
It takes great skill to make a film both riveting and confusing, hilarious and terrifying. Approaching a seriously technical subject with wry humour barely suppressing his fury, Adam McKay pulls off the astounding trick of making you root for a group of people predicting economic collapse. Also features Christian Bale's best work since Empire of the Sun.
A tedious watch. Interesting in terms of recent corporate history but funadamentally just a typical routine docudrama. The inner machinations of the business world left me cold and uncaring. It also didn't help that the characters were so alike in their basic motivations that their boardroom battles were simply underwhelming. There were two particularly standout performances however from Steve Carell and Brad Pitt.
I found "The Big Short" fascinating and very distressing. Steve Carell's performance is outstanding and the approach to filming and editing is brilliant. Sort of between "Wall Street" (duh), "Network", and "The Thick of It"/"In the Loop".
Charismatic acting makes up for this sluggishly photographed and TV-like paced process film. An amalgam of styles from WOWS (economy) to The Office (breaking the 4th wall) to American Hustle (fraud) to Ocean's 11 (ensemble).
73/100 - Good.