Posted by: greercn | January 18, 2016

The Big Short

Inventive, funny and fast-paced, “The Big Short” offers laughter, tears and education about the 2008 mortgage and financial crisis. Even if you’ve read Michael Lewis’ excellent book, the original approach, terrific writing and brilliant acting of this film will pull you in.

It’s quite a dazzling 130 minutes. The focus is on four people who foresaw the inherent weakness of the housing market in banking. Steve Carell is the heart of this but Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt are all impressive.

John Magaro and Finn Wittrock stand out. Marisa Tomei and Melissa Leo are here too, but for very little screen time.

This is a tale of boy bankers and there’s not much here, for girls. But it’s still a heck of a great ride and entertaining. The music and the look of it all work well.

Adepero Oduye makes the most of her lines and is really interesting to watch.

I went to a very packed free preview for members of Stratford East Picturehouse. Everyone was engrossed and laughed loud at the funny lines, while staying quiet through the sobering scenes.

Adam McKay directs briskly and efficiently. The explanations of complex concepts never get preachy. And you never forget the human pain that resulted from the mistakes of the bankers.

I really enjoyed it. You will too.

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  1. I really like the sound of this movie. Your review was very concise and brilliant.

    • Thank you! I am enjoying your blog.

      • That’s wonderful to hear. Drop a comment on any post whenever you want.


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