806. The Big Short

Title: The Big Short
Director: Adam McKay
Year: 2015
Run time: 2hrs 10m

“When four outsiders saw what the big banks, media and government refused to, the global collapse of the economy, they had an idea: The Big Short. Their bold investment leads them into the dark underbelly of modern banking where they must question everyone and everything. Based on the true story and best-selling book by Michael Lewis (The Blind Side, Moneyball), and directed by Adam McKay (Anchorman, Step Brothers) The Big Short stars Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt.”

Live blog

2:10 – Oof, those seventies computers.
4:19 – “Yea, you got a sound bite you repeat so you don’t sound dumb…”
9:51 – Drumming with sticks at your desk is fun.
14:33 – I like a film that is self-aware enough to know they need Margot Robbie in a bubble bath.
19:45 – I like the argument “everyone’s wrong.”
22:01 – To go from five million to a hundred million is huge, they didn’t even blink on it.
27:46 – I do wonder why people do these jobs, they seem to be only bad news.
31:27 – “If they go to eight, it’s Armageddon.” Armageddon!
42:29 – Gardening is the way forward, according to Brad Pitt.
44:54 – How to ruin someone’s day in one easy step.
51:47 – No income, no job?? That’s the opposite of ninja!
55:37 – “Is this America’s angriest hedge fund?”
1:03:42 – The guy stalking around the office with a baseball bat is very reassuring.
1:08:03 – “It’s like, two plus two equals fish.”
1:22:46 – Bankers can’t look behind the numbers or they couldn’t do what they do, I guess.
1:26:17 – Selena explains economics is a series waiting to happen.
1:43:13 – He’s betting against himself, it’s totally nutso.
1:53:21 – “Average people are going to have to be the ones to pay for this.”
2:00:51 – Just one banker went to jail? Just one??

Conclusions

So much to love about this film. Firstly, it’s an important story that needs to be told. I like to think I’m finance-savvy but I didn’t really know what went into the global financial meltdown, so this was fabulous education. Secondly, it does a great job of explaining. Okay, I lost the plot a little bit towards the end, but getting famous cameos in to explain the complicated stuff is a brilliant device.

And then, it’s just well acted. Everyone involved does a great job of portraying how seriously Wall Street takes itself, even when it perhaps shouldn’t, as well as the differences between those capitalising on the problems, and those who are horror-struck by it all. Really important, interesting film, can’t believe it’s taken me this long to watch it.

Rating: 5/5.