Review : The Big Short
Director : Adam Mckay
Premise : Based on the real life events which led to the collapse of the american economy in 2007. The Big Short follows 3 different groups of investment bankers who realise imminent collapse of the housing bubble and prepare themselves for the catastrophic aftermath.
Review : The Big Short is first and foremost ( for me at least ) a Martin Scorsese movie without any involvement from Martin Scorsese. Just like Scorsese’s Wolf on Wall Street, The Big Short also tackles a concept which is set in the financial world but does it in a more serious and calmer yet more effective way then Wolf of Wall Street did.
Director Adam Mckay who’s only directed comedy movies in the past ( Anchorman, The Other Guys) ventures into drama territory with this movie and boy does he hit a home run.
Although the plot of the movie is quiet complicated in many areas ( especially if you’re not familiar with the housing market and the financial downfall) Mckay still manages to make such an energetic and fast paced movie that even though a casual viewer who might be left scratching his/her head on many occasions would still enjoy the movie as a whole and understand the basic premise of how the economy collapsed and what kind of effects it had on the people. Also there is a lot of fourth wall breaking by Ryan Gosling’s character and a few celebrities like Margot Robbie and Selena Gomez (portraying themselves) to explain some of the more complex plot points.
While the plot may be a bit too complicated, one area the movie excels in is the acting by all the major cast members. Christian Bale is totally electrifying as the eccentric Doctor/Investment Banker/Heavy Metal Fan with a glass eye, Michael Burry, who actually is the first person who discovers the imminent collapse after analysing the current state of home mortgages in the US. This is one of Bale’s finest performances and he deserves another oscar for it ( In my personal opinion). Although his screen-time compared to Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling is less. Steve Carell on the other hand is also terrific as the conflicted trader Mark Blaum. Carrell really shines in almost all his scenes and shows that he can do much much more than comedy. I can see an oscar nomination and may even a win for Carell. Ryan Gosling as the narrator/point of contact for the audience gets to do a fair share but doesn’t shine as much as Bale and Carell do. Finally Brad Pitt has the least screen-time out of all the big name actors and his role as a whole is minimal yet solid as he helps Finn Wittrock and John Magaro’s characters ( who are fairly green and new to financial world ).
Even though the subject matter of the movie is quiet serious, Mckay doesn’t shy away from adding humour to the whole situation which actually makes the overall experience a lot better.
Another aspect of the movie which I felt was pretty awesome were the background songs used throughout, They really made the whole experience more amazing.
Overall The Big Short is an excellent movie which although might be too smart for it’s own good is one of the best movies of the year with stellar performances from an All-Star cast. Infact the only negative thing I can think about the movie is that really bad wigs the trio of Bale, Carell and Gosling sport which were pretty distracting at times.
Men of Comics Ratings: 4 / 5