I honestly don’t know where to start with this film without sounding so sad about the financial state of the world. Mostly America-then since I know nothing about America-now. At least not yet.
The Big Short is an adaption of the book of the same name by Michael Lewis which is basically about four low-key investors looking for a way out of the financial fall in the questionable market of the big banks and the government that would later develop into the collapse of the American economy of the early 2000’s. Trouble with these kinds of things is the fact that you either think everyone’s a crook or an idiot and you trust no one to the point of needing a lot of moral rectitude akin to how much money they’ll be making off layoffs and evictions.
First, kudos to the acting – I swear they all nailed it. The editing is muy bien, but the score gave me a slight headache – it was good but slightly confusing. What I really love most about this film is how they subtly reached out to those of us that aren’t articulate on technical financial terms through real-life applications explained by the likes of Margot Robbie, Anthony Bourdain, and Selena Gomez. (I fangirled more with Anthony than I did Selena because.) Also, Adam McKay’s direction – notorious for comedic mindfuckery, was consistent throughout the film and delivers a more dramatic brand of mindfuckery than he did with his past projects like Anchorman. A+ and congratulations on the well-deserved nominations.
Personally, I love this film. It succeeded in making me feel threatened by the system in which we’ve built our finances and taxes and investments on; and truthfully, this is something I’ll want to watch again when I start forgetting the innate fallibility of any financial system that allows morons to get rich without realizing they’re building a higher pedestal to fall off when the time is right.
Overall rating: 7.5 out of 10