By Cole Weinstein
Adapted from the acclaimed Michael Lewis book of the same name, “The Big Short” tells four intertwined stories about the outsiders who predicted the collapse of the housing market and made millions. Michael Burry (Christian Bale) is the genius who no one believed. Jared Vennett (Ryan Gosling) is the hotshot banker after the money. Mark Baum (Steve Carell) is the angry skeptic who is out to get the system. Charlie Geller (John Magaro) and Jamie Shipley (Finn Wittrock) are the young investors whom no one gave a chance. With Lewis’s gripping narrative as a base and a captivating screenplay by “Anchorman's” Adam McKay, “The Big Short” is filled with laughs, celebrity cameos, a great soundtrack, fast-paced editing, lots of narration, and just enough heartbreak to leave you thinking far beyond the final credits.
As a film, “The Big Short” is extremely smart; it's outrageous moments keep the audience interested as it tells an important story. The overall presentation of the film is unique and fast paced which makes the movie an extremely entertaining experience. The complicated ideas of the stock market are made simple, palpable, and even comedic. But when it needs to, the film flips on a dime and delivers an extremely emotional moments, which separates it from your average film.
All the performances are great, but Steve Carrell in particular gives one of the best performances of 2015. In some of the most important moments the film rides on his ability to take control of a scene. Along with last year’s “Foxcatcher” it is safe to say that Carrell is becoming one of the most impressive actors in the business.
However, “The Big Short” is not a film for everyone. Despite its simplification of the ideas it portrays, it can still be very confusing and its fast pace makes everything that much harder to comprehend. Not to mention the film’s sometimes off-the-wall presentation can be jarring.
“The Big Short” is one of the most unique films of the year, but would you expect anything less from the mind behind “Anchorman?” It’s fast, fun, and sometimes gut-wrenching. It delivers on many levels and is sure to get some well-deserved Oscar buzz.
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