The Big Short (2015)

“If we’re right, people lose homes. People lose jobs. People lose retirement savings, people lose pensions.”

The Big Short, as I learned in 3rd grade, is an oxymoron, but what the heck is a ‘big short’?  Well, I’ll tell you this: I know nothing about the world of stocks and bonds, and frankly I don’t care, but The Big Short was an awesome movie.

The ensemble cast was fun to watch and all their performances were great.  Christian Bale played the socially awkward, heavy metal loving, and very likable Michael Burry M.D.  He definitely deserves the ‘best actor in a supporting role’ Oscar nomination he received.  Steve Carell (Mark Baum) brought humor to the film, even while playing a man grieving over the loss of his brother.  Brad Pitt (Ben Rickert) and Ryan Gosling (Jared Vennett) were also wonderful in their roles.

Adam McKay’s directing earned him a much deserved Oscar nom.  His way of storytelling made a subject matter that is confusing to some people, accessible and enjoyable to anyone.  Margot Robbie, in a bubble bath; Selena Gomez, at a poker table and Anthony Bourdain, in a kitchen, helped to explain economics and financial terms such as subprimes and CDOs.  The editing, music and overall pacing and feel of the film made it even more enjoyable to watch.

I went into the theater expecting to be bored out of my mind.  But I was pleasantly surprised that I thoroughly enjoyed it.  It was funny, interesting and actually had me on the edge of my seat, anxious to see if they were right about the housing crisis.  It’s a smart, well made movie with great acting, one of the best of 2015, that will definitely spur discussions and while it probably won’t win, it deserved the best picture nomination.


 

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/10


 

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