The Big Short
A stellar cast including Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell and Brad Pitt – all stars in their own right – come together to breathe life into the adaption of Michael Lewis’ bestselling non-fiction book dealing with the financial crisis of the mid-2000s.
They play the four men who predicted the downfall of the US housing market and figured out a way to profit from it, tackling the big banks head on to hit them where it hurts.
Make no mistake, the subject matter is dense and some of the concepts are difficult for even the most financially literate of people to get their heads around, but director Adam McKay attempts to make it accessible to the masses through fourth wall-removing tutorials and the result is a stylish, engaging and entertaining film.
All four of the leading men put in strong performances, but it is Carell’s Mark Baum that stands out the most as a self-torturing hedge funder with a very short fuse.
The Big Short will reinforce any cynicism you may harbour towards Wall Street and while the way the characters get rich has a whiff of bad karma about it, the wit of the dialogue, combined with the fact that this all actually happened makes this film well worth a watch.
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