The Big Short - 4.5 Stars
Oscar nominated film; The Big Short is superbly executed, but has a slow beginning.
When four outsiders saw what the big banks, media and government refused to, the global collapse of the economy, they had an idea: THE BIG SHORT. Their bold investment leads them into the dark underbelly of modern banking where they must question everyone and everything.
The performances of everyone in this film are exceptional; Steve Carell is masterful in his portrayal of Mark Baum, Christian Bale is rainman-esq with his captivating perform as Dr. Michael Burry and Brad Bitt is almost unrecognizable as Ben. Ryan Gosling at first seems to channel Leo from Wolf of Wall Street, but his performance quickly becomes more unique.
I must admit the first 10 minutes are hard to sit through – no matter how great this ends up being you will be concerned initially. It seemed boring, wordy and long – however this issue quickly resolves itself as more characters are introduced. The concepts being presented are difficult to follow – unless you know a lot about the housing collapse and the global financial crisis. This does mean that if you lose concentration for even a moment it is hard to regain interest in the story.
Overall, while complicated and initially slow The Big Short tells a very powerful, very depressing true story and I encourage everyone to see it. It offers superb performances, clever and innovative editing and is far better than this year’s Oscar favourite, The Revenant.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Paramount Pictures