The Big Short is one of the favorites this awards season and with good reason. Featuring the phenomenal talents of Christian Bale (The Dark Knight), Ryan Gosling (Nice Guys), Brad Pitt (Inglorious Basterds), and Steve Carell (Foxcatcher), The Big Short takes on the global financial crisis of 2008.
“I’m sure the world’s banks have more incentives than greed.”
You would think that so. However, as we can gather from the trailers, there was some shady activity going on back in the day. The Big Short tries to shed some light on the technical aspects and inner workings of Wall Street. Yes, the film’s subject matter is serious and hard to comprehend at times, but it attempts to infuse a fair share of humor to ground their story. Jared Vennett (Ryan Gosling) serves as the film’s humorous backbone, narrating the events depicted to the point of breaking the fourth wall.
Still, The Big Short does get bogged down in the dense terminology of the financial industry, at times. The film may be hard to follow for some audience members, but it does attempt to alleviate some of that. One way that it does this is by centering the weight of its subject matter on an emotional core. Mark Baum (Steve Carell) struggles with what the system has become and even the fact that he can profit off of their “stupidity.” There are also major stakes in this crisis for the average family, and the misfortune of one family is shown to convey the severity of situation. In the end, there were no winners… Just losers.
So, The Big Short is one of those films that wants you to leave with questions. However, there may not be a clear-cut answer. What did you think of the film?