Monday, May 23, 2016

The Big Short

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The Big Short – 5 out of 5

Well, if I wanna be positive, The Big Short might be the only good thing to come out of the housing bubble collapse and the near devastation of the world's economy by greedy bankers and Wall Street crooks.  Still, I don’t wanna sound like I’m trivializing how badly their actions affected millions of people in America but, all things considered, their horrible actions (that we are still barely recovering from) did result in this absolutely fantastic dramedy.

I swear, I wanted a cool pic of Christian Bale but I just stopped on this and had
to 'cap it.

I think the movie gets a perfect score for Pitt's
facial hair alone.
Based on the book of the same name from Michael Lewis, this film tells the story of the housing market crash in 2007 and the people involved who saw it coming.  There’s Michael Burry (Christian Bale); the first man to see how unstable the market was, and a trader named Jared Vennett (Ryan Gosling); who hears about Burry’s predictions and is obsessed to find out if he’s right and he ends up working with an admirable hedge fund manager named Mark Baum (Steve Carell).  Finally, we watch two young go-getters who seek to become big-time investors; Charlie Geller (John Magaro) and Jamie Shipley (Finn Wittrock), who accidentally discover this mess and they decide to get involved with the action with the help of a retired genius in the world of security trading; Ben Rickert (Brad Pitt).  What follows is a maddening and confusing trip down the rabbit hole of the collapsing housing market and the only people who had their eyes open wide enough to see it all coming.

"*whispers intensely* You're not Ron."

Breaking fourth walls are so fun!  It makes me feel
All the crap that went down with the housing market crash is over my head.  I don’t understand all the ins-and-outs the banks used to screw the people over but one really cool thing about this movie is they made it easy to understand.  This film told its story very creatively and featured Ryan Gosling’s character acting as the narrator and, very often, he and other characters would break the fourth wall to speak directly to you, the viewer.  Most the time it was to give you the details of what was going on, sometimes it was to either verify what you say really happened or, very amusingly so, tell you what you saw didn’t happened but was exaggerated for storytelling purposes and, finally and probably the most amusing, was how they would bring in special guest cameos (like Margot Robbie, Anthony Bordain and Selena Gomez) to offer up “lessons” of what was going down.  Add in a flashy and slick presentation filled with great music and stock footage from those years and you had a story that moved fluidly and very creatively.

Sure, when Margot Robbie gives a financial lesson in a bubble bath it's "sexy,"
but if I do it, I'm an "intruder" who "broke into your home."  Double standard.

I swear I'm not trying to get bad screencaps of Bale.
I'm a big fan of yours, Bale, but there's were too funny.
Director Adam McKay, who is usually known for his more wacky comedies, does a fantastic job of blending drama, tension and humor in this film.  I never really found the film to be out-loud hilarious but there are plenty of moments that made me chuckle.  What McKay really succeeded in creating, in my opinion, was a sense of urgency in what was happening and a sense of tension—especially when it concerned the character of Mark Baum.  The way those sequences were created and edited together perfectly showcased the stress that Baum was under and the seemingly insurmountable battle he and the others were up against.

"Fourty"-seven million dollars, eh?

Finally, this feature really delivers on the cast front.  Their four main stars; Bale, Gosling, Carell and Pitt, are already super talented and, not surprisingly, all give off great performances but the rest of the cast are matching them step-for-step.  Whether it’s the fun cameos of Anthony Bordain and the rest or Fin Wittrock and John Magaro, this cast shines and it shines brightly—with each performer matching the other and all working on delivering a fantastic film.

I bet he can afford to eat his cereal now!  (Ha ha, this joke is already super dated.)

The Big Short is a damn impressive and terrifically entertaining film that contains a great cast all doing their best, a story that is terribly depressing but really captivating and a presentation that is endlessly unique and clever.  It’s definitely one of those movies that earns and deserves its accolades and praise.

1 comment:

  1. Ryan Gosling was a hilarious fucking douchebag in this movie.


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