Country of Origin:
January 2016 (UK)
Based on a discovery in 2005 by an eccentric hedge fund manager (played by Christian Bale) that the U.S housing market was about as secure as a game of Jenga on horseback, leading up to the eventual collapse which began in 2007.
Directed by Adam McKay (Anchorman, The Other Guys, Step Brothers) it’s a step away from his usual efforts but he injects the right balance of humour/humility to scenes, warming you to the characters which in this case is investment bankers, so no easy feat.
It’s got a steady pace to it, well edited, shot and the casting is excellent. Standout role comes from Steve Carrell, playing a compassioned investor who seems to have a love/hate relationship with his profession.
Brad Pitt brings a strong performance to what is effectively just a cameo and of course, the force that is Christian Bale brings his usual embodiment of the role to the table playing a social awkward maths genius who is the first to predict the trend whilst air drumming to Pantera on his iPod. Great to see Ryan Gosling acting rather than just scowling at everyone, he’s actually pretty bloody likeable.
The Big Short is all tied together by a well thought out soundtrack from Nicholas Britell, adding to the tension and flow of the story.
How close this is to the real story, who knows (most embellishments are explained by the actors in a direct to camera, freeze the background type narrative) but it’s a highly enjoyable watch which leaves you hating the banks that little bit more, which can only be a good thing right…
A well written and tense drama based on actual events, shot & narrated much in the same way as Casino, Wolf Of Wall Street, but much more digestible.