The Big Short - Movie Review

Jan 20, 2016
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There is a level of uncertainty as to what 'The Big Short' really wants to be from its opening scenes. From its very distracting camera work to flashes of images that has nothing to do with the actual narrative, the documentary-style approach of the whole thing turned out to be very ineffective. I get that they are clearly going for a more realistic and somehow catchy feel, but I can't help but to distance myself through the actual story arc which is far more interesting. 

But that doesn't mean the movie is bad at all. I had a blast watching 'The Big Short' just because of how hard it hits you and the financial system. We live in a world wherein the lower classes are very much likely to be blamed than those seated at their high chairs during tragedies. In the 2007-2008 economic breakdown, that's essentially what happened. While millions of citizens are deprived of money, a few are betting on its failure for millions (and even billions) of dollars. The four main stars (Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt) played the analysts behind-the-curtains who are waiting and scrutinizing mortgage bonds for the whole housing market to crash down to prove they're right.

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Carell and Bale easily steal the A-list ensemble, and if you're looking for thespian showdown with the star-studded cast you'll probably be disappointed since there's no room for it here. The movie thankfully flowed as it is without actually linking and forcing the actors to interact with each other, instead they are given different stories to deal with, which are different to one another but dealt with the same outcome. 

Director Adam McKay obviously wants you to hate the sleazy process of the financial world in this movie. There's not one bit that made you want to root for the business-heavyweights, in fact given its very likeable actors, you can't help but to question them in the end. For a filmmaker who frequently do comedies like Anchorman and Step Brothers, his switch to a dramatic route is impressive. McKay spoonfeeds you every information you can absorb so you can understand this horrific event more detailed. It even come to the point of using celebrity cameo breaking the fourth wall to narrate the complex information. 

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'The Big Short', despite how confusing the story might be for some people, is much more enjoyable and informative than I expected from it. McKay made one of the riskiest moves of his career for directing a more serious tale, and he just knocked out completely. 

The geek rates it 8/10! 

'The Big Short' opens January 20 in select cinemas nationwide distributed by United International Pictures Philippines!

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Director: Adam McKay  
Starring: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, Marisa Tomei, Melissa Leo, Finn Wittrock, Rafe Spall, John Magaro 
Screenplay: Adam McKay, Charles Randolph  
Producers: Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Arnon Milchan 

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