The Big Short Review

   Screen Shot 2016-01-10 at 12.01.50 AMTrying to view as many Oscar contenders as I can at this time of the year, I watched The Big Short and came upon the most horrifying film this year. Scarier than It Follows or Goodnight Mommy, The Big Short focuses on the build-up to what is now known as The Housing Bubble of ’07 and all the atrocities it brought forth. First, though I had many problems with McKay’s directorial flourishes that halted the film’s fluid structure I must applaud McKay for tackling such a daunting task in trying to explain this crisis in a non-documentary format and capturing my attention as the viewer the whole time. As most people know, the cast in this film is phenomenal, with heavy-weights like Brad Pitt and Christian Bale that just happen to be accompanied by  Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling, and some other cameos from great actors in the business today its a done deal you’re getting great performances out of this film and you do. First of you get Christian Bale as the enigmatic Michael Bury and he delivers completely portraying every odd quirk Bury has in a very fashionable way that leaves you perplexed as you try to figure out what is going though this guy’s head at the moment. Forgot to mention, this is Christian Bale back the finance industry, something we haven’t seen since the insanity that is American Psycho. But enough about Bale, lets concentrate on Steve Carell who proves he wasn’t just a fluke with Foxcatcher as he portrays his character’s descent from irked to maddened to furious to repulsed perfectly as you see his facial expressions, movement and way of being slowly changing as the film goes on, the last we see of him is him sitting on a chair, pallid and and in a weird stage between embarrassed and enraged as he reflects on the nature of our society. Then there’s these two actors who really caught me off guard and surprised me as these two men who start a company in their garage and quickly ascend in the financial industry when they find the perfect source of money, these two actors Finn Wittrock and John Magaro who shall not go unmentioned in my review. Then, we’ve got Brad Pitt who plays his part really well and Ryan Gosling who basically only serves as our narrator and the man that will digress the banking terms we don’t understand. With that point brought up I must address another issue I had with the film, that being the amount of financial jargon and numbers that was been thrown at me which was explained well and in a very interesting way, but it just got a bit much at times. In the end, the only true problems I had with The Big Short were its directorial flourishes, and even though I consider The Big Short to be a really good movie I will rank it at a 74 out 0f 100 because of my problems with Mckay’s close-ups, documentary like-feel and the amount of terms and numbers being thrown around.

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