"The Big Short" stars Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, and Brad Pitt. Released on December 11, 2015, the film showcases the events leading up to the financial crisis of 2007-2010.
The film is directed by Adam McKay, who also directed films such as Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Talladega Nights, Step Brothers, and The Other Guys. It is based on the 2010 book of the same name by Michael Lewis, and it is nominated for four Golden Globes as of this day. I find it a bit unusual that a comedy director such as McKay would direct something like this in terms of its concept. But hey, it's always good to try something new, right? With an all-star cast such as Bale and Pitt, does it fully capture the drama of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression?
Some strong performances throughout, including Bale as Michael Burry.
Steve Carell gave out one of his most impressive performances of his career as Mark Baum.
Great screenplay that'll fit well for those who are into financial banking or those who are interested in it.
Good direction from McKay.
The pacing felt slow for some scenes.
Some of the editing felt a bit choppy at times.
The film offers a lot of financial talk, so it may confuse or bore some people who aren't really interested in that type of concept.
Final thoughts: While it's short on greatness, "The Big Short" is big on performances (specifically Carell) and its relatable screenplay. I am really impressed on how McKay handles the drama and some comedy of the financial crisis, and I hope he makes some more films like this besides comedies soon. I also believe that this could be a helpful learning tool for financial banking college courses or those who are interested in this type of career to begin with.