Quick Hit: A movie that starts off strong and riveting, falters heavily in the second act, but cleans it up a bit to finish strong.
life – but it seems like it could be). The Big Short takes the previously mentioned housing crisis, and explains it to us, frequently using a fourth wall break for the characters to explain things that happened prior to “collapse of the global economy”, such as the sleazy way that the fat cats of the banks along wall street set up the system in a way that it was bound to fail, by stacking risking mortgages with risky mortgages, often times with no verification of income or even a job.
loved it, there were other times that it seemed to fall apart a bit (namely the middle of the film). This is because when the film is at its best, it’s manic and energetic. In the middle of the film, there’s just not enough for the characters to do but sit around and wait. The story then suffers, first by lack of movement, and then the editing/camerawork follow suit, and the restless energy disappears for a time before surging back for the climax.
Other credit has to be given to the strong cast of actors. I think that Steve Carrell was a perfect cast. I don’t know if he is actually an angry man in real life, but it always seems that his characters are carrying a large amount of anger within them. Baum is no exception. Ryan Gosling also makes a good appearance as our narrator/one of the bankers who decides to get into the market of “shorts” while he can, with the sole reason to make an absurd profit. He is constantly reminding of us by his actions that
seems highest when he is around other people. When he is alone, you can see the vulnerability seep through, and this is a true testament to Bale’s performance.
Frankly, this movie terrified me. As a young man with a house (though a good mortgage that I can actually afford), and a 401k that grows bigger every 15 days, it was a bit of an eye-opener. Because, there is something about the market that is just… untrustworthy. But the way our society is set up now, you need it. It would be awfully hard to set up for retirement otherwise, without the vested balance, the matching, and the returns. I went to bed scared after watching this movie, and then woke up scared to write this. The movie left its mark.
I give The Big Short a “B+”.
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