If you want to lose faith in humanity double feature this and the Wolf of Wall Street. People are greedy pieces of shit. But, the major positive out of the success of both films is that people are more aware of the shady things people do with their money. We can only hope to wise up before another economic collapse but history has an annoying tendency of repeating itself.
This film will always reside on my personal favorite list for a plethora of reasons. The largest being the directing prowess of Adam McKay being showcased in the amazing way the story of the 2008 financial crisis is told. With no shortage of colorful characters and clever use of breaking the 4th wall, this film is a must see for anybody who wants an entertaining way of being explained the details of the 08' crash.
This definitely occupies the oft-indistinguishable ground between Oscar-bait and truly exceptional cinema. It’s ensemble cast, pandering moments and inescapable – though not omnipresent – air of self-righteous smug certainly point to the former, but The Big Short also deals out some fantastic performances, a core understanding of its source material and channels it into a highly entertaining package. So you decide.
Brad Pitt hating on GMO's, being philanthropic, and conveying how hard it is to be rich is all I remember. That and the tub scene with Margot Robbie and Selena Gomez in the Casino with some jerk I can't remember right now breaking the fourth wall to dumb down Wall Street marketing stuff into plain English.
Basically, this is a heist film. A previous review mentioned "Ocean's Eleven": these are rogue capitalists screwing over the institutional capitalists, albeit legally. Ryan Gosling is the dapper stand-in for George Clooney, and Brad Pitt scoots on over to the Elliott Gould role as the old-school curmudgeon who isn't above a bit of payback. A rollicking MTV-style primer for Millennials on WTF happened to their future.
There are moments of brio and the overall financial exposition is good, but there are also significant problems: it's stylistically a bit in love with itself (the guest commentaries are crass) and, perhaps most crucially, in order to be entertaining it resorts to every cliché in the book in its portrayal of financial professionals. Good performances though from Bale, Pitt and especially Carell.
You shouldn't compare but involuntarily you do. With 'Margin Call' which I liked better. What sucks is the back & forth between drama & comedy. The begining is boring, the middle is great & the ending is solid. All parties betrayed, even the government, next to banks, brokers, lawyers, state supervision, rating agencies. Also the private borrowers contributed with extreme ignorance. Greed; the root of all evil. 3,5.
I'll give it a 4, but hear me out here, The Big Short is a good movie. If you're into economics, this movie is for you. If you're not, and want to know what happened out there in Wall Street, this movie is for you. If you're not and just want to see Bale, Pitt, and Carell acted brilliantly, this movie is for you.