The Big Short is the true story of four high-finance outsiders in the mid-2000’s who saw what everyone else could not; the eminent collapse of the global economy. They decide to bet against the big banks because of their greed and corruption and wait for it all to come crashing down.
The Big Short brings light to a topic that very few know fully about or just think they couldn’t understand. It’s been almost eight years since the collapse of the economy and most don’t know why it happened. Writer/Director Adam McKay adapted Michael Lewis’ book into film to help share this knowledge. This isn’t the first movie that has uncovered the truth about the bubble burst. In 2010, just two years after the collapse, a documentary called Inside Job came out. It was a wonderful investigative piece, but it wasn’t exactly accessible to the masses. The Big Short, however, takes a seemingly complex topic and makes it easily digestible and entertaining. For instance, when a complicated topic arises, they introduce a celebrity personality to break it down for the audience with a simple analogy. When a financial word most wouldn’t understand surfaces, a definition follows. If that’s not enough, one of the many stars of the film will break the fourth wall and take a moment to explain it to you directly.
There is one sure fire way to gain the attention of the public. That’s casting the likes Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt. They really hit every demographic with The Big Short. It’s difficult to choose one standout performance, because they were all impressive in their own right. Steve Carell took on the personality of Mark Baum, a cynical, crude, workaholic who questions everything and everybody, Christian Bale became Michael Burry, a doctor turned investor, who suffers from Aspergers, Ryan Gosling transforms into Jared Vennett, a character based off Greg Lippmann, a hot tempered Deutsche Bank trader and Brad Pitt plays retired hedge fund manager and borderline conspiracy theorist, Ben Rickert. McKay could not have asked for a better group of actors to help him bring awareness.
It’s important that people understand why the economy collapsed, so we don’t repeat history. Years of misconduct, fraudulence and turning a blind eye ruined millions of lives around the world and crippled our financial foundation. Some may not have the patience for a documentary and others may think the inner-workings of the economy are too intricate to understand, but The Big Short is the remedy. Alex McKay, along with an all-star cast, take a convoluted subject and create an engaging comprehensible biopic that’s exciting, comical, heart breaking and informative. What else can you ask for?
Check out the trailer below and go see The Big Short in select theaters today and everywhere December 23rd!
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