The Big Short

big shortAdam McKay whose previous work I would never watch – Anchorman, Step Brothers truly hit it out of the park with the adaptation of Michael Lewis’s book on the 2008 financial crash, The Big Short. How do you make something depressing, confusing and downright boring (numbers) entertaining? With a really smart script with clipped pacing including breaking the fourth wall several times to explain overwhelming financial concepts. Add a stellar cast including Steve Carrell, Christian Bale, Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling, Jeremy Strong, Rafe Spall, John Magaro, Finn Wittrock, Melissa Leo, Marisa Tomei, and even Selena Gomez. I can feel the Oscar buzz already – Best Picture, Director, Editing nominations at least. I know a movie’s great when the subject matter doesn’t interest me yet I am wow-ed by the picture. Truly outstanding indictment on the greed, fraud, corruption and deceit from Wall Street and the banking industry. 5 out of 5 for The Big Short. A must-see.

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