Monday, February 22, 2016

Stories about finance institution, personalities and crisis always been split in two: Big strong dramas and also documentaries. From Margin Call, Wall Street, The Wolf of Wall Street to Inside Job, Enron The Smartest Guys in the Room and Capitalism: A love Story. Hollywood focus their energy in appealing stories.

Adam McKay directs "The Big Short" a comedy drama about the very beginning of the financial crisis of 2008. Michael Burry (Christian Bale) a hedge fund manager discovers flaws in the housing market and consider that is pretty unstable. After strong analysis he predicts that the market will collapse in the second quarter of 2007. With this idea in mind, he find a way to make profit from this by betting against the housing market. A trader Jared Vennett (Ryan Gosling) heard about Burry's action from several clients and he decided to get into the same game, investing into the same idea. Mar Baum (Steve Carell) Hedge fund manager get a tip about the same plan.

When you start watching "The Big Short" you can get lost so easily about the financial lingo, but Adam McKay directing approach makes the information so easy to follow by making fun of it. With guest appearances in strange scenarios, they explain several information fun, but also ironic to the viewer. "The Big Short" is masterfully edited by Hank Corwin using skillful techniques to connects with multiple character and situations in a period of 4 years, also the use of archival footage and a well elaborated soundtrack makes the pace of this film, slow sometimes and then hectic in the other.

Christian Bale is fantastic as Michael Burry, Ryan Gosling is fun and hateful as Jared Vennett, Steve Carell is excellent as Mark Baum. But one supporting role that steals the show is Brad Pitt playing Ben Rickert. The Big Short will join the list of well made and outstanding films about finance.