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!
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 fleet and fun ensemble trip through the morass of greed and stupidity that led to major financial crisis. The film occasionally grapples towards the tonal paradox of both halves of that previous sentence, but not consistently or always convincingly. Rather the film's strength is in dramatizing the insider maneuvers that arose from the first signs of the collapse, for its own sake.
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.
Bankers, finance traders, journalists, rating agencies employers, government "supervisors" make the Wolf of Wall Street look like a sheep. The Big Short is, at its heart, a horror film. Never let a good crisis go to waste. Best enjoyed before the next global depression. Read: very, very soon.