“Truth is like poetry. And most people f*****g hate poetry.”
Alright what’s this new movie that’s in my suggestions? Oh it stars Brad Pitt! Nice. Ryan Gosling is there too. Steve Carell? Alright. Oh Jesus Christian Bale? This sounds like a great movie.
That was my first impression when I came across The Big Short. Recently watched it and now I’m ready to share my experience with you. I watched it without any idea of what it was about. But ended up loving it very much. So I’m going to try to persuade you to watch The Big Short. Here goes.
Brought to you by the director who is responsible for comedy movies like Anchorman and Step Brothers, this movie is a good combination of comedy and serious drama. Based on a real life event that took place in late 2000’s, The Big Short tells the story of the influential bankers in the U.S as they prepare to deal with a problem that could potentially cause the collapse of the world’s economy.
Now you may wonder what’s interesting in that? Well, Ryan Gosling first of all, really sparks up the movie with his comedic yet serious character Jared Venette. His narrative style and curious acting keeps the audience from getting bored. Next up, Christian Bale as Michael Burry. The guy who discovers that a lot of subprime loans could be defaulted, which would cause the unbalance in the economy. So he decides to make some money by betting against the housing market. Personal opinion: I liked Bale’s character the best among all the others. He has a really lazy, clumsy character that likes to listen to heavy metal but is a genius. Steve Carell, this might be the first time Steve playing something other than an annoying dude. Yeah this time he plays an annoying rich dude. But his character is good too. We get to see his character develop and undergo changes throughout the film. Brad Pitt doesn’t have a very long part and he doesn’t say much anyway so I’m going to skip him(I still love you very much Brad Pitt).
Coming back to the movie, here is the thing I liked the most. It was actually about the subject. I’m sure most of you have seen a science based movie with nothing actually scientific in it. Some war based movies with nothing such as pure war. But this, this is pure by the books. Maybe it’s because I wasn’t born in the U.S but the script of The Big Short is actually complex and requires some basic knowledge of banking system and the economic system. I had to look up most of the terms and had to rewind some scenes several times to properly understand. By the time I was done with it, I felt like making a billion dollars and act all bossy. So best thing: It actually tells the story without any unnecessary drama.
Here’s another very interesting thing about the movie. Since it does not joke around about the subject it’s based on, there are some terms that an average person can’t understand. To make him understand, the film uses real people like Margot Robbie and Selena Gomez to explain them to us. While it disrupts the flow of the film, it’s a very enjoyable effect that indulges the audience even more into the film.
The humor in this film is great. No unnecessary cheesy lines, no stupid one liners. Genuinely hilarious cues and controlled jokes. No it’s not all comedy, but it’s like the director knew at what points the audience would lose interest. So he cleverly introduced something funny in those moments.
The direction was pretty good. I really liked the cinematography. Also, there’s intensity in many scenes that add to the immersive atmosphere of the movie.
So in a nutshell, should you watch The Big Short? Yes. Would you enjoy it? You bet. Would I want to watch it again? Absolutely. Are there any flaws? Yes, but you won’t notice and they don’t have any direct effect on your movie experience. Do watch for a good story, very good acting, healthy entertainment, thrilling pacing and real information. I give it an 8.5 out of 10.