At The Movies
The Big Short ★★★★
Director: Adam McKay
Cast: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, Finn Wittrock, John Magaro, Rafe Spall, Jeremy Strong, Hamish Linklater, Marisa Tomei
The Big Short, tells the story of the Wall Street crash in 2008. Though us, the everyday person didn’t see it coming, four outsiders in the world of high-finance who predicted the credit and housing collapse and decide to take on the big banks for their lack of foresight and greed.
Christian Bale plays Michael Burry MD, the antisocial hedge fund manager who first sees the major flaw in the mortgage derivatives market. Ryan Gosling is the arrogant, fast-talking investor Jared Vennett, who gets wind of it and manages to captivate the attention of short tempered Steve Carell (Mark Baum) and his team. They’re followed by two young investors who are trying to make a name for themselves in the big world of finance, Jamie Shipley (Finn Wittrock) and Charlie Geller (John Magaro), who are in turn guided by Brad Pitt’s eccentric Ben Rickert.
Though we were all affected by the finacial crisis, and we all know what happened in the end, for many of us, we didn’t really understand what happened. The Big Short, talks to you as though you are listening to a conversation, and with some conversations that you might find hard to follow or fully understand, it stops every now and then to explain to you, the viewer, the financial terms that so easily go over your head.
Christian Bale is excellent as the socially awkward hedge fund manager with a glass eye. Steve Carrell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt performances round this film up nicely