Director Adam Mckay does a drama/comedy piece, drifting away from his adult comedies that often star Will Ferrell such as ‘Anchorman’ and ‘The Other Guys’. The film is based upon the 2010 book with the same name, written by author Michael Lewis.
The film follows several characters that find out about the credit bubble of the housing market, leading up to the financial crisis of 2008.
I’ll start off by saying this film was always going to be hard to adapt for a feature film that keeps audiences invested and engaged in its material, however while some will find ‘The Big Short’ humorous and completely entertaining, I found the film to be quite heavy on complex information about financers, and not too much focus on the film’s central characters, making it harder for me to care towards.
However, there is one character that actually has a complex emotional weight of Steve Carell’s character of Mark Baum, which becomes the film’s most interesting character, despite the interweaving of several character’s point of view of the financial crisis of 2008, that don’t cross each other’s paths, becoming more like vignettes in that regard. The acting performances were quite good, with only two exceptions that I found to be quite exceptional with Steve Carell and Christian Bale, as they became their characters, and not just appearing in the film as themselves.
I found the direction and editing a little odd at times, especially with the celebrity cameos that break the story’s fourth wall, and while it does break the fourth wall with Ryan Gosling’s character, I found it quite unnecessary. While there was about one celebrity cameo scenes actually help the scene out by providing guidance for audiences, however at times just repeat information that we already know in the previous scene.
‘The Big Short’ has some good acting performances, with two strong praises amongst its all-star cast, and while the film is humorous at times, the film has an unfocused narrative and lack of fleshing characters out.
‘The Big Short’ isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, mine included, but I do respect the film as you do learn something from this crisis that the film explains and follows.