Tuesday, January 19, 2016
The Big Short (Adam McKay)
Four citizens of the world of high-finance predict the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s, and decide to take on the big banks for their greed and lack of foresight.
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Marisa Tomei, Adepero Oduye, Hamish Linklater, Jeremy Strong, Anthony Bourdain, John Magaro, Finn Wittrock, Brad Pitt, Melissa Leo, Karen Gillan, Margot Robbie, Selena Gomez
Why I loved this film: The Big Short succeeds in turning such a demented and corrupt circus into something improbably hilarious. The power of comedy is its ability to let us see the whole story from a different point of view, and let us process it in ways we would not have been able to otherwise.
The plot includes so many facets and characters that it could easily have fallen into disarray, but Adam McKay makes every single character memorable and illuminates every piece of jargon that could be confusing from the outset. It is a huge accomplishment and a far more important one than might seem apparent. The things that were allowed to happen in the realms of business, finance, and banking are absolutely insane and unbelievable. It has to be funny because there is no other way of delivering this vast amount of information and complete failure of our entire society and make it all snap into place.
It is not enough to even ask for the truth any more, or answers, we need to question the entire system, a whole web of poisonous bonds that have tightly wound themselves around us. The work of the film itself is allowing us to project our thoughts, our fears, our anger, and our confusions into this whole puzzle, while being told the truth, so that we have a place to even begin towards understanding the entire mess.
Therefore, I believe that The Big Short is one of the most important films of our era and one of the best. I wanted to laugh and cry at the same time. It is one of those things you do not believe possible until you see it with your own eyes.
I totally recommend this film!