The Big Short

The first film of 2016 was a good one to start the year off with.

I had no idea what this was about when I chose it at the DVD rental place, I just liked the cover, and it’s abundance of good actors.

And the story was great, as stories that are based on real events tend to be. It was about a few people who saw the pre-sub-prime mortgage crash coming, and invested big bucks to “short” many of the large banks.

It was a very well told story, and throughout the film various characters would look at the camera directly and explain what was going on, or as in one case admit that the event being portrayed was not actually what happened, and explained the actual event. Another great way of explaining things was to get celebrities to explain what was going on, and included celebs as Anthony Bordain, Selena Gomez, and Margot Robbie (she played Leonardo’s wife in Wolf of Wall Street).

Christian Bale and Steve Carrel were great in this, especially Steve as he was playing it straight, I’ve never seen him do anything dramatic before.

The story is a little difficult to follow at times, even with all of the explanations of CDOs, bonds, and tranches are, concepts that are complex and in my view absolutely ridiculous and just ways for the rich to stay rich. But, it kind of made sense, and the stupidity and greed of the banks was clear.

Very entertaining stuff.

Date watched: January 1st
Score: 10/10
Film count 2017: 1

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