Oscars Countdown: The Big Short

Paramount Pictures gathered some of Hollywood’s best actors for author Micheal Lewis’ The Big Short, a biographical comedy-drama of the very real financial crisis in 2008. The film, staring Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale and Brad Pitt in leading  and supporting roles, is nominated for no less than five Oscars – Best Movie, Christian Bale in Best Supporting Role, Best Directing, Best Film-editing and Best Adapted Screenplay Writing. Now that’s impressive!

The Big Short is about four foresighted financial guys, who predict the collapse of the credit and housing bubble in the mid-2000s. With the entire financial market against them, they decide to take on the big banks. The group connects true Love Actually-style, one man meeting  another man through coincident and so forth, and the group actually goes on to become the Ocean’s Eleven of the financial crisis, neither villains nor heroes.

Loving nothing more than men in suits, especially the lovely Gosling, this movie was one that I really could get into. By applying the personal storys of the different characters just made me invest all the more in the film, which I abseloutly loved. And the number one purpose of the film being describing the complex reality of the financial crisis’ beginning in a fast dialogue, lots of humor-kind of way, gave me a different insight into the financial downfall of 2008 that I did not get in the danish equivalent of high school.

One element in the movie – speaking to the viewer, by applying teaching moments with Selena Gomez  and Gosling turning to the camera- did come of a little weird. However, as the movie approaches the complex subject with a serious and impressive attention to detail, it somehow managed to make it work for the movie.

Overall, I think The Big Short deserves 4/5 Oscars for its amazing casting of Carell, Gosling, Bale and Pitt, for the directing of Adam McKay and the overall storyline, which all kept me entertained when watching a movie about food for thought. The reason why I didn’t choose to give the film its last star is because the movie, at times, was hard to follow.

4-5

 

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