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3.3
1,908 Ratings

The Big Short

Directed by Adam McKay
United States, 2015
Drama

Synopsis

Four denizens in the world of high-finance predict the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s, and decide to take on the big banks for their greed and lack of foresight.

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The Big Short Directed by Adam McKay

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2016 | 4 nominations including: Best Motion Picture of the Year

2016 | Winner: Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay

American Film Institute Awards

2016 | Winner: Movie of the Year

Writers Guild of America

2016 | Winner: Best Adapted Screenplay (Screen)

Boston Society of Film Critics Awards

2015 | Nominee: Best Ensemble Cast

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.
February 28, 2016
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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.
February 27, 2016
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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.
February 25, 2016
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