Review : The Big Short


“Four outsiders in the world of high-finance who predicted the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s decide to take on the big banks for their lack of foresight and greed.”

The Big Short is directed by Adam McKay, and on hearing that a lot of people would think this movie is some kind of comedic take on the housing bubble collapse, but I can assure you while there is humour to be had here, this movie is also very serious. It follows a few different characters on how they either discovered, got involved with, or dealt with the possibility of this housing crash before it happened. Now this movie deals with a lot of banking and finance terminology, that would have most people totally lost, but then it also does a pretty good job at stopping and explaining those ideas to the audience. Characters in the movie constantly break the fourth wall, as well as the directer using some more out of the box or documentary style tricks to help with these bits of exposition when necessary. This use of different filming styles however wasn’t always to the benefit of the film in my opinion, and sometimes just kind of seemed more of a distraction to me. That being said, the acting here is really superbly done by ALL of the cast, but in particular, Christian Bale and Steve Carell. They both add an emotional and intellectual depth to their characters that is really well done and ads a great deal to the fullness of those characters. By the end of this movie, you probably will feel a mixture of disgust for the American financial institution on a whole, but also a great deal satisfaction by both the knowledge you gain, and the experience of seeing a movie like this.

Review Score : 9 out of 10


Review : Daddy’s Home


“A mild-mannered radio executive strives to become the best stepfather to his wife’s two children, but complications ensue when their freewheeling biological father arrives, forcing him to compete for the affection of the children.”

Now full disclosure, comedy is a very specific and personal thing. What many consider funny, other will not. This movie is also made by the same people that made another comedy I love in “The Other Guys”. All that being said, this movie is hilarious. It does take a little while to get in the full swing of the comedy, not that movie takes any time to get going, but the constant heavy hitting jokes and belly busters don’t come fast and rapid style until the movie has had some time to warm up. Before i saw this movie, i was worried that some of the characters would come off as really unlikable because of they way they treated Will Ferrell’s character, but its handled a lot better in the movie, to the movie’s credit. The chemistry between Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg is very much like the chemistry I loved so much from The Other Guys, in that both characters are equals even though they probably shouldn’t be, and their back and forth banter is really well done, in my opinion at least. The thing however, that really pushes this movie over the edge for me, into the very funny area are the supporting cast here. Hannibal Buress in particular, is someone that really makes the most out of the role he was given, and really hammers it home every time he in is on the screen. The rest of movie is also filled with great return characters and some cameos that fit and work really well with the movie as a whole. All in all a very funny movie, but understandably one that will play better to some audiences then others, with an ending that had me in a laughing fit, to the point of choking. Lol.

Review Score : 8.5 out of 10

Review : Star Wars VII The Force Awakens


“30 years after the defeat of the Galactic Empire, a new threat rises. The First Order attempts to rule the galaxy and only a ragtag group of Heroes can stop them, along with the help of the Resistance.”

Years after the much maligned “prequels”, and even more years since the original trilogy, comes Star Wars episode 7…The Force Awakens. If i could sum this entire review into one phrase, it would be “Star Wars is back”. All the sounds and sights and everything about this movie screams Star Wars. It’s not a perfect movie, or a perfect Star Wars movie, but it is the foot forward that this franchise wanted, needed and deserved. This movie is also a great example of setting up compelling characters, while also leaving us wanting more in a way thats both satisfying and leaves you wanting more. Everyone who has been waiting for years and years to get another great Star Wars movie, have found it. Like i said before, this movie isn’t perfect, but the problems it has are minor, and won’t apply to every viewer either. I won’t go into any spoilers, i’ll save that for later on, but take my word for it this movie is worth seeing, and worth seeing on the biggest screen you can find. The new cast is fantastic, and they aren’t out shadowed by the returning cast. The score is everything you could want and more, and the movie answers some questions, and makes a lot of new ones i can’t wait to try and answer.

Review Score : 9 out of 10

Review : Creed


“The former World Heavyweight Champion Rocky Balboa serves as a trainer and mentor to Adonis Johnson, the son of his late friend and former rival Apollo Creed.”

Creed is in a way, the Rocky movies hand over to a new lead character for a possible new franchise, and with a start like this, they probably will have one. First of this is a boxing movie, so lets talk about the boxing. The actual training and fighting is really done very well here, there is even a scene that was done in a way I had never seen before in a boxing movie. Michael B. Jordan is also great in the role. He certainly beefed up, and put in all the work to be able to walk and talk and look the part here. The real stand out here actually, is good ole Rocky himself. Sylvester Stallone really gives us probably his best acting performance to date in this movie. It seems fitting that after his first Academy award nomination for Rocky, that he may be up for a second nomination for possibly his last Rocky movie. The supporting cast here is great too. Everyone no matter how big or small their role is, just fits into the world created by the movie. One of the best boxing or sports movies in recent times, and probably the soon to be recipient of an oscar nomination or two, Creed is definitely worth the money to see on the big screen.

Review Score : 9 out of 10