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 one 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.
Bagi beberapa orang mungkin akan membingugkan. Namun Big Short mencoba menceritakan sisi lain dari krisis yang terjadi pada ekonomi dunia pada tahun 2008 silam dengan sangat menyenangkan. Kudos untuk script-nya yang cerdas, gaya penceritaan Mckay yang menarik dan para cast-nya yang sangat mengesankan
Sono pochi i film che non finisco di vedere. E' successo forse due, massimo tre volte nella mia vita e questa è una di quelle volte. Un film dagli argomenti complessi, con un linguaggio tecnico che alla fine risulta decisamente noioso. Avrei voluto sapere come andava a finire, ma non ho nemmeno capito di cosa stavamo parlando all'inizio.
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 know next to nothing on economics but breaking the film down to follow separate stories for the 2008 mortgage crash was welcomed. And there's no big pay off with the people who got something out of it, it's bitter sweet. The 4th wall breaking was alright explaining everything like I'm 5 (partly true) and by the end I had a better understanding of banking. Mainly bullshit terms, lies and fraud on a worldwide scale.