The Big Short follows the true story of four outsiders in the world of high-finance, who predicted the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s and decide to take on the big banks for their lack of foresight and greed.
Ever since I heard about this film, I knew I was up for something, especially because of the director and four main actors. This movie gave me everything I wanted from it. The stars, screenplay, directing, and humor were all excellent and made this film so entertaining. It follows in the footsteps of The Wolf of Wall Street, being another financial true story filled with cursing, humor, celebrity cameos, and fourth-wall breaks. The only difference from those basics is that this film is an achievement from a more amateur director in the genre. Adam McKay has directed some of my favorite comedies, including Anchorman and Step Brothers among others, and I loved seeing him venture into a more dramatic territory with this film. From beginning to end, the movie entertained the hell out of me, and even its ways of exposition to explain the financial laws of the story are made fun.
The stars in this film blew me away. Christian Bale completely transforms into the role, delivering a very realistic and human performance. Bale is one of my favorite actors and he was practically unrecognizable with his portrayal of Michael Burry and the character’s eccentric personality. Steve Carell also strikes with his performance as a somewhat mentally unstable broker who also finds himself able to profit from the economic collapse. Carell entertained and really delivered in his hilarious role. Ryan Gosling is also fun to watch on screen with his narration and nearly constant fourth-wall breaks. Brad Pitt is solid as well, but is not as frequent on screen as the rest of the main ensemble.
Even if you are not someone who would understand something as complicated as CDOs and other key financial items leading to the collapse, this movie’s script and directing makes this film entertaining and worth watching for everyone. I applaud Adam McKay for trying something new (especially not having Will Ferrell cast as his lead for the first time), and I hope I can see him do something like this again in the future. I am glad this movie got recognition at the Golden Globe nominee list, and hopefully it goes big at the Oscars this year as well.