“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