What it's about:
Based on the true story and best-selling book by Michael Lewis The Big Short tells the story of four outsiders in the world of high-finance who predicted the collapse of the economy. Their bold investment leads them into the dark underbelly of modern banking where they must question everyone and everything.
What we thought:
The Big Short is well-written, has an amazing cast and does everything right. But for some reason I just didn’t like the movie. That happens sometimes. Everything is done right and everyone seems to love the flick, but then you watch it and you’re like: “Meh”. I mean I could pretend to like it and write a glowing review based solely on the fact that everyone else liked it. But I’m not. I’m just going to tell it like it is. I think movie critics are sometimes careful not to write negative reviews about films that are crowd and award season favourites. The Big Short is an adaption Michael Lewis' best-seller The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine and centres on the American housing credit bubble of the 2000s and the shit storm that followed when it popped. Director Adam McKay does a great job at tackling a difficult subject and the cast delivers a comedic performance that steers the movie clear of all the boring business clichés. Even difficult Wall Street jargon is explained using unexpected and very creative cut-aways. But after all is said and done I walked out of the cinema feeling underwhelmed and a tiny bit irritated that I couldn’t keep up with everything. Afterwards I quickly pulled out my phone to Google a few facts and phrases that had me scratching my head.I doubt the average moviegoer, who doesn’t have any knowledge of the back story or the housing credit drama, will be able to 100% enjoy the film despite great performances by stars like Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling and Christian Bale. I was sure I was going to like this one but it just didn’t tickle my fancy. Maybe I was just having an off day. Go watch it and decide for yourself. I dumbstruck by this one.
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