Favorite

Review: The Big Short 

click to enlarge bigshort.jpg

THE BIG SHORT

***1/2

Intelligent, entertaining and even informative, The Big Short plays like a funkier and funnier (oh, and superior) version of The Wolf of Wall Street – a surprise, since its helmer isn’t an award-season giant like Martin Scorsese but rather frequent Will Ferrell collaborator Adam McKay of Anchorman, Step Brothers and Funny or Die infamy.

Like Jay Roach, who directed three Austin Powers comedies and two Focker flicks before upping his game with the HBO political pieces Recount and Game Change and the current theatrical gem Trumbo, McKay graduates to the big leagues, expertly guiding this sterling adaptation of Michael Lewis’ nonfiction book The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine.

It’s a look at the financial crisis that occurred earlier this century, the one involving the housing bubble, the market collapse, and the banks that were too big to fail.

As a subject, it stands to be both dry and complicated, and Wall Street trader Jared Vennett (Ryan Gosling), who repeatedly breaks the fourth wall to serve as the piece’s narrator, is aware of this. Thus, with his guidance, the script’s great swatches of humor, and superlative performances by the entire cast (including Steve Carell and Christian Bale as two of the outsiders who saw the crisis coming and sought to profit from the banking industry’s greed and stupidity), the film lays out the case in layman’s terms.

It’s an invigorating watch, at least until it enters the home stretch – at that point, the real-world tragedies pop up to unsettle and infuriate us while the villainous CEOs laugh all the way to their own banks.

Trailer


Now Playing

Sorry there are no upcoming showtimes for The Big Short

Favorite

More by Matt Brunson

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Latest in Film Reviews

  • Review: Blade Runner 2049
  • Review: Blade Runner 2049

    On its own terms, it’s a dazzling achievement, a heady motion picture that employs state-of-the-art visuals to punch across its alternately tough and tender story of love, loss and identity.
    • Oct 3, 2017
  • Fall Film Frenzy
  • Fall Film Frenzy

    The return of Rick Deckard, Queen Victoria … and Madea!
    • Sep 20, 2017
  • Review: IT
  • Review: IT

    This new It is a respectable addition to the King cinematic canon, but it will be the adults-only second installment that will make or break the overall project
    • Sep 14, 2017
  • More »

Movies This Week

More Filmtimes

or

Right Now On: Twitter | Facebook

Copyright © 2017, Connect Savannah. All Rights Reserved.
Website powered by Foundation