'The Big Short' is a Blood-Boiling Must-See
Director Adam McKay, known for comedies ‘Anchorman,’ ‘The Other Guys’ and ‘Step Brothers’ approaches a more serious topic with ‘The Big Short,’ which tells the true story of the credit and housing buble collapse of the mid-2000s, as predicted by four men in the world of high-finance whom decided to singlehandedly take on the big banks for their greed and lack of foresight.
In 2005, Dr. Michael Burry (Christian Bale) discovered a list of bad loans (called subprime in the market) given in the housing market made by banks. Upon the discovery, he predicts a collapse, but no one listens to him. Meanwhile, a stock trader by the name of Jared Vennett (Ryan Gosling) finds out Dr. Burry’s prediction and devises his own plan to get rich off of the preceding collapse. Vennett shares his plan to hedge fund manager Mark Baum (Steve Carell) so he and his team of analysis can get back at the banks or what they did, all which leads to a shocking tale of greed, corruption, anger, and sadness, and the worst part of it is that it’s all true.
This is McKay’s best work to date, blending his comedic chops with emotional tension and grace, sort of like a semi-documentary breaking the fourth wall, he even has celebrities explain on how the banking works and how it lead to the events today so we the audience can understand it better, now that’s considerate. The acting is probably the best I’ve seen out of all these actors. Carell fills the angry, loud-mouth role and unfiltered Baum pulls on the heartstrings of Americans affected by the collapse. Bale has a monologue at the beginning of the film that’s so sad, yet makes him the most likable character. He’s so innocent and just wants to do what he thinks is best for his company. Gosling is in his most charismatic role since ‘Crazy, Stupid, Love,’ He’s energetic and hilarious to watch, finally abandoning the stiff act from 2013.
This film will make your soul burn with anger knowing what the banks did and why they did it and that they are STILL doing it. However, it’s a film that must be watched, and should be watched by everyone.