Director: Adam McKay
Release Date: December 23, 2015
Duration: 2hrs 10 mins
My Rating: 9.5/10
Overview: Based on the book by Michael Lewis, The Big Short reveals the tragic events leading up to the mortgage crisis in 2007-2008.
Thousands and thousands of people lost their jobs and homes and lives were destroyed.
What happens when banks and the government try to screw over the American people? You make them pay.
What I loved: After watching this movie, all I can say is WOW. At the time of the mortgage crisis, I was in high school, so much of this was new to me as I wasn't particularly finance savvy at 15/16.
I really enjoyed the style of the film including Ryan Gosling's narration and the somewhat documentary-esque vibe. I loved when Gosling would pause and point out specific scenes or dialogue that actually happened in real life. I also think he was the funniest character in the movie and it was great to see him back on the screen.
I think Steve Carell knocked it out of the park as Mark Baum. He has truly proven his versatility as an actor no matter which type of role he takes on. He was by far my favorite actor in the film.
Christian Bale also amazed me, as per usual.
The film includes clever ways of explaining the crisis and the events leading up to it as well with the help of some celebrities, a game of Jenga and on-screen definitions.
The Big Short creatively depicted the mortgage crisis and exposed the epitome of heinous greed of banks and government in America. Even those trying to bring justice to the banks behaved poorly and became hypocritical in their quest for vengeance as the dollar signs appeared in their eyes too.
Steve Carell summed it up perfectly when he said, "No one is acting responsibly."
The Big Short won an Oscar for Best Writing/Adapted Screenplay and was nominated for Best Motion Picture, Best Supporting Actor (Christian Bale), Best Achievement in Directing, Best Achievement in Film Editing.
What I didn't: Even though the writers and actors tried to explain the reality of what happened to the best of their abilities, I was often overwhelmed and sometimes lost. I recommend watching the film in a casual, yet quiet setting, where you could easily pause the movie if you need to look something up or want to discuss it with someone.
Also, I think it would have been beneficial at the end to include a monetary run down of how much money was spent, lost and gained. I believe it would have been a nice final touch, but I plan on reading the book as well, so maybe I'll learn that info by reading.