The Big Short
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Behind every easy drive-by laugh is a sincere holler of outrage.
And it really is quite a movie: entertaining and engaging, but also mortifying; a good alternate title might be "American Horror Story."
Big Short, The Buy posters from this movie by Rob Gonsalves "Well-edited Finance Shenanigans 101.".Who is the hero of "The Big Short," the semi-comedi ..
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But it might just be a little too entertaining, a little too funny for a film that's so sobering.
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This is rendered awkward by Carell straining to inhabit a smarter, yet even more socially aloof, iteration of The Office's Michael Scott.
Bale's twitchy, stuttering portrayal of Burry might be the weakest point of a film that winds up collapsing Marx's dictum to repeat recent history as ..
A handful of business jerks predict the end of the financial world in a comedy of apocalyptic proportions.
And, boy, did it work.The Big Short's conclusions are bleaker, more funereal than any I can recall from a popular entertainment ? but at least it has ..
But there's an unmistakable, scathing sense of outrage behind the whole endeavor, and it's impossible not to admire McKay's reckless willingness to do ..
Some people made money; more people lost money (but no one we care about).The end result is a kind of exhausted acquiescence.
Those showy performances are what make The Big Short watchable.
The rest of the unfolding tragicomic drama is utterly engrossing, blending the insight of JC Chandor's 2011 gem Margin Call with the satirical bite of ..
It freely acknowledges that it deals in dull material and finds ways to make it enjoyable.
It informs and outrages us without resorting to Michael Moore-style haranguing, and if it can just find a mass audience, could finally inspire some ch ..
The Big Short, moving fast and furious like a cinematic pinball machine, gives us a lot of characters and incidents but catches its breath to follow a ..
The Big Short pulls off its own oddball gambit: grabbing attention through fringe wonkiness rather than a tantalizing glimpse at bro-banker lifestyles ..
Even with the clever explanative asides "The Big Short" might be a tough sell to the average filmgoer with all of its mumbo jumbo and sleight of hand ..
Even with the clever explanative asides "The Big Short" might be a tough sell to the average filmgoer with all of its mumbo jumbo and sleight of hand ..
The comedic edge gives the film greater resonance.
A movie is unlikely to change that, and "The Big Short," in many ways a startlingly ambitious film, is modest about what it can do.It offers no soluti ..
While there is a certain undeniable fascination in watching the so-called experts go down while a few visionary mavericks escape on self-made lifeboat ..
Smart and manic, it might leave you more with a bit of a queasiness and exhaustion rather than the outrage it's aiming for, but at least it doesn't st ..
One Guys Opinion
The film packs in so much information and comedy, it would be fun to see it twice: not just to take in what it has to tell us, but also to laugh all o ..
(It's not surprising to note, then, that the film fares best in its newsroom-based sequences, as such moments are rife with quotable, laugh-out-loud f ..
Both savagely funny and utterly depleting, Scorsese's film, about a real-life stock market scammer ascendant in the 1980s, remains the most potent in ..
It is, in the hands of Lewis and McKay, an entertaining tale, even if it has no heroes.
The story of America's near collapse is told through three teams of unhinged stock traders.
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Fumbling in the dark is a big part of what the movie is about.
With an all-star cast and an impressive script, this is a slyly entertaining film that still carries a very heavy heart.
It's a brilliant and biting observation on what it takes to get through to people in this listicle-driven, short attention span day and age.
But maybe they'll see this nutty, whooshy comedy (the best film of the year?.Possibly ?) and choke on their popcorn.
McKay also shoots much of it like a fake documentary, with handheld cameras and natural lighting.
Maybe not in a goofy Will Ferrell way, but it's definitely the funniest movie yet about how our modern Great Depression happened.Yes, it's an enraging ..
But what really keeps you engaged are the fantastic performances from everyone in the ensemble.
Will it make a difference?.It should.
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Advertising [x] The Big Short is overall an entertaining big screen adaptation of non-fictional literature that bucks the popular trends of its genre ..
What keeps you glued to them isn't vicarious pleasure, but mounting disbelief as the scale of the impending collapse becomes grimly apparent.
There are no heroes, the best we get for good guys are the cynics who believe Wall Street will always be rigged and warn us not to fully trust it.
And rightfully so?the amount of callous thievery characters uncover here is enough to make any rational person's blood boil.It's also, unquestionably, ..
And it's tragic and frightening for the same reason.
The Globe And Mail
It's a drama, but it's often funny (Margot Robbie in a bubble bath ? brilliant!).
After a brutal opening half, it finally settles into a groove, and there's a queasy charge in watching a credit-drunk America walking towards that cli ..
The Big Short knows what viewers want, understands how to package it and still manages to retain a powerful bite.
We Got This Covered
This is rarely done, but is done a lot in this film.
Yet he proves himself a gifted, versatile filmmaker who understands how to entertain without obscuring a message.McKay makes a smart, snarky crisis tr ..
Like the best teachers, the film is entertaining besides being educational, and it takes great pains to make sure we're keeping up.
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It all comes down to men behaving badly and greed rules all, though at least you'll laugh and seethe along the way.
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Performances are solid to terrific across the board.
It is equally hard to swallow the lack of supervision and regulation of the banking and trading systems.
Spirituality And Practice
This is a film filled with quiet moral outrage.It doesn't need to yell.
Mark Reviews Movies
With energetic pacing and zippy dialogue, "The Big Short" (written by McKay and Charles Randolph) is often entertaining ? a screwball comedy with an a ..
McKay's gimmicks shouldn't land as well as they do, but the film succeeds because its indignation is righteous and earned.Most of The Big Short's bitt ..
'Short' stars Steve Carell, Brad Pitt, and others as a band of investors who anticipated the housing bubble and profited from the crash."The Big Short ..
And it is an uproarious ride from start to finish.
Flip, furious and hilariously chilling, "The Big Short" is a comical primer on the global financial meltdown, as engineered by the "idiots" and "moron ..
Rogers Movie Nation
Calling up an army of star power and attacking the sobering material with a fleeting sense of humor, McKay aims for the impossible, taking on the most ..
If it has a flaw it's that its sights are set too high: explaining all of this without missing important details isn't enough, sometimes it remembers ..
With its energetic editing, fidgety camerawork and cocksure humour, it apes the restless swagger of the world of high finance.
Serious but entertaining and intricate but funny is a difficult balance to strike, but The Big Short manages it masterfully.
This encourages them to communicate in a way a general audience can understand.A similar thinking underpins Adam McKay's raucous comedy, which manages ..
Another great asset from the star-studded cast is Ryan Gosling, who all but narrates/navigates this great ensemble cast, including stellar performance ..
The Young Folks
McKay dares greatly by couching his anger in a slapstick tragedy that makes us wish we could see every character in it behind bars.Does the risk pay o ..
While The Big Short is hardly uplifting, it still manages to tell a rambunctiously funny tale that's as informative as it is entertaining, humor walki ..
If the root of all evil is truly the love of money, then The Big Short is the ultimate romance.
The screenplay's Niagara-like cascade of information can be exhausting and impossible to keep up with, but its ambitious and innovative format serves ..
For all its liveliness, The Big Short can be heavy going: the dialogue remains weighed down with jargon, and the storytelling gimmicks distract more t ..
What is finally not hard to understand is the enormity of the absurd spectacle of avarice, stupidity and willful blindness on display.
It is not only what is good for General Bullmoose and General Motors, but ?Greed is good!.Greed is right!
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The topic and theme definitely deserve attention.That?s why I?m disappointed by its confusing film treatment, one that took me out of the story too ma ..
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A worthy companion piece to the great 2007 drama "Margin Call" and a magfinicent piece of ensemble acting, the scathing cautionary tale "The Big Short ..
It is rarely better than mediocre and sometimes downright terrible.
I urge you to see "99 Homes," a timely thriller exploring the same territory; starring Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon, it's far better and schedu ..
Director and co-writer Adam McKay has lightly fictionalized the tale, and changed most of the names.
Photo courtesy of Paramount Pictures "Explain it to me like I'm a golden retriever," asked the investment banker played by Jeremy Irons in Margin Call ..
Now, with The Big Short, it is time to sit up and pay attention.
It makes the cause of the global economic meltdown not only almost comprehensible but outrageously entertaining.
Non-fiction writer Michael Lewis has an amazing track record for bestsellers turned into commercial Oscar contenders, from "The Blind Side" to "Moneyb ..
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The film stumbles out of the gate setting all this up, a gargantuan task for McKay and co-writer Charles Randolph's adept screenplay.
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To its credit, The Big Short is never dull, but it misses the mark.
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But if the movie is a crackerjack entertainment, it's one with a conscience.
Fast-paced, scathingly intelligent, wryly cynical, and totally engrossing from start to finish, it is a first-rate screed and a compellingly relevant ..
Killer Movie Reviews
Wait!.That sounds terribly boring.
The movie is entertaining, but the book is much better even though it's not a comedy.
"The Big Short" is not an easy watch.McKay knows it's not an easy topic.
A refreshing and piercingly clever morality tale ? whether you prefer the emotive, simplistic or in-depth depictions of what happened ? the film hits ..
But McKay's highly entertaining thrill ride on the economic roller coaster never loses sight of the fact that Lewis' central characters are ambiguous ..
It's a shame the boy's club at the centre of the film isn't counterpointed by female roles: Marisa Tomei and Karen Gillen are just not given enough to ..
What will follow is a quintessentially American tale of intelligence, foolishness, and chicanery, and the subject is that great collective delusion we ..
"The Big Short" is an essential history lesson and a cautionary tale that America is in grave danger of falling into again.
This isn't that film, but it's nonetheless an immensely entertaining and worthwhile document of America's modern horror story.
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McKay treats The Big Short as vital cinema and it becomes vital cinema.It's inventive, it's funny, and it enrages.
Sure, a number of features and documentaries have been made about it.
They try to make it complicated and boring when it's the opposite; it's full of colorful characters and it's about making money.Nothing boring about t ..
This seems like a good reason to do a movie.Much better than, "I just wanted to try something different."
If you're going to make a film about greed-is-great antiheroes, at least make them entertaining.
Any ensemble cast prizes coming its way, by definition of ensemble, are jokes.
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It will make you laugh.It will make you angry.
Don't let the subject matter put you off, this is a highly entertaining watch that's full of belly laughs, but will nevertheless see you leaving the c ..
But audiences should disregard deathbed contritions.
The Big Short is tonally peculiar, a jokey drama about the catastrophic credit crash of 2008, but it could just be the best film yet made about that d ..
There is a running joke in The Big Short ? a disarmingly comic document of a serious time in recent history ? that is also a welcome admission of hone ..
That's necessary?you don't want the film to have too much compassion for its blood-sucking ensemble?but the wild lurches in tone can be exhausting.
If The Big Short was a drama, it would likely be dull as dishwater.
It blames unrestrained and unregulated greed rather than any specific political party or politician.But this greed is bad tone is where the film's mes ..
Three Movie Buffs
It's intelligent even with its attention-deficit structure, as history and humor blitz one another.
Consequence Of Sound
But in its intended purpose, it is indeed a success.
Sometimes good, sometimes frustrating, The Big Short winds up uneven and lacking the right heart to successfully tell its tale.
It's full of witty observations and is hilarious in places, but you may well hate yourself when you realise what you're laughing at - a final act of e ..
Eye For Film
This mixed tone will have you alternatively laughing and boiling with anger.
All you have to do to enjoy this movie is adopt the film's Wall Street perspective.
It's a treat.And educational, too.
It's about something we think of as "boring," but it aims to code that boring story with the most exciting filmmaking techniques imaginable.
In other words, this may feel like a breezy comedy, but there's nothing funny about it.
Do you paint it as high farce, or just go for a swaggering thrill ride?
For all its silliness Anchorman is very much a film about gender equality.
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It offers no heroic journalist or activist at its centre.
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The film's most remarkable achievement is that it gets us rooting for these bastards even as we recoil in disgust from them.
Will it win Best Picture?.Possibly.
"The Big Short" is so much fun, and has such thrilling tension, it's easy to forget the devastation at the center of it all.It makes a point of tellin ..
Even though it gets repetitive occasionally watching a bevy of unlikable characters be greedy douches, the bigger picture always remains fascinating.
But it does nothing to cheapen the high-wattage star power McKay has assembled.
The Big Short is the best bet you'll make all year.
Raidió Teilifís Éireann
Informing moviegoers can be an amazing, transcendent thing.
Adding to the film's entertaining allure is its self-awareness.
The Film Pie
Firms like Goldman Sachs are more than happy to reap the easy rewards of this silly stake.
It gives the film a more loose, documentary feel?I didn't mind it, but if you're particularly sensitive to shakycam and its ilk, it might bug you.)
In fact, it might have made it even more devastating.
Metro New York
Like most if not all mainstream movies, this one is in desperate want of a hero, though it ends up doubling down on the happy realisation that some go ..
They'll all make a killing by betting against America, and some tears are shed in the back of the limo.
Don't get those repackaged mortgages?.Master chef Anthony Bourdain chops up three-day-old halibut and makes a stew metaphor for how banks bundle toget ..
The Big Short is a movie that functions essentially, and often quite cleverly, as an explainer ? but aren't the people who would see a movie like this ..
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A film about the global economic meltdown is hardly ripe for laughs.
It sounds gimmicky, but is an entertaining and clever way to make sure the audience understands a significant concept.
Greed wins every time, except perhaps right now: The Big Short is the sort of film audiences typically avoid in droves.It's the kind of film that nobo ..
Be too dry and pedantic with the mind-numbing terms and figures necessary to cast light on the fiasco, and risk an agonizingly dull mishmash.
Doomed but entertaining attempt to revive 1940s Hollywood Fury.
The Arts Desk
The key to engaging a general audience with a dry subject is to make it witty while doing what the bankers didn't, namely talking up to people.You're ..
The Ooh Tray
Walking right out of The Big Short, its great cast and occasionally powerful reminder of the absurdity and agony of living through an economic implosi ..
When the dust has settled and the anger has dissipated, you're left with a movie that never quite finds enough for its incredible cast to do; it's a p ..
The Shiz Nit
Only in America, though, could filmmakers illuminate such a dire subject, and the financial debacle that ensued, with the sort of scathing wit, joyous ..
The Big Short is stunted.It's a coy film that doesn't deliver on its potential.
Weaving it into a compelling and entertaining story for mainstream audiences is a taller order still.
Lewis popularizes better than anyone the rise of the digital-age math geek.Our social and cultural conditions have changed since Heaven's Gate buried ..
McKay lacks the storytelling skill to wring delight from upending expectations about who doesn't interact with whom.
Like the investing it documents, the film has no interest in convention: its fascination lies in the personalities of contrarians and in weed-whacking ..
Under The Radar Mag
The Big Short may be a comedy, but it never forgets that the joke was on us.
The Big Short basically confirms that, but brings us in to the madness is such an accessible and entertaining way that it's impossible not to care ? e ..
From The Balcony
It's a transporting moment.You might call it capitalist poetry.
Its conclusion is inevitable.There should be no dramatic tension whatsoever.
Not exactly one of the redeeming gems of the year by any filmmaker.It comes up QUITE short.
The Big Short does all three, leaving audiences thoroughly tickled, equally horrified and probably more than a little wiser.That is some prime enterta ..
But that counter-intuitiveness is almost exactly what makes The Big Short so effective.
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Not every filmmaker has what it takes to shape material this bleak into a blackly comic blast, but McKay and his AAA-rated cast are on the money throu ..
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They've just never been this raucous, playful, and irreverent onscreen before.McKay's film is coated in sugar, but it's a bitter pill to swallow But w ..
And most of all he wants you to be shocked that nobody explained it like this to you before.For the cast, it's a performance gold mine.
But it would be unforgivable to end on a sour note for what will surely be one of the year's most memorable and provocative comedies.It'll make you an ..
Fan The Fire Magazine
(No one cares if Michael Burry had a glass eye, yet the movie brings it up at least a half dozen times.)
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But McKay delivers here in spades.He is helped by an amazing script, based on the book by Michael Lewis and co-written by McKay and Charles Randolph.
But it's McKay's comedy chops that really make it work.
But though the movie aspires to be hip and irreverent in its nontraditional approach to challenging material, its attitudes are thoroughly conventiona ..
And he makes the fact-based plot as gripping as a thriller.All the same, it's hard not to feel queasy rooting for the film's protagonists.
Actually, it's the opposite; it's such a giant mess that I barely want to spend time thinking--much less writing-- about it.
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Here, McKay takes a real life premise and crafts into a film that is often as hilarious as it is outrageous.
It knows it has to be outrageously entertaining, or die, and it is outrageously entertaining.It is snappy.
Yes, this is a comedy.But it's a tragedy too.
Ultimately, the ensemble are banking on an impending disaster and that should really make you dislike them; but it doesn't.
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It's very entertaining, even as its implications are horrifying.
Winnipeg Free Press
Burry is the first to spot the risks of mortgage-backed securities and realize its vast monetary potential ? to the tune of billions ? when it fails.
(And it's hilarious.).And a whole lot more politics: subtext and undercurrent in McKay's filmography becomes a rushing comic river of prickling comedy ..
New City Film
The movie is sheer brilliance.Rather than walking a viewer through the chicanery and subterfuge with dry factoids and talking heads ? oh, there are ta ..
Honey Cutts Hollywood
And yet it's a shapeless mess, lacking much in the way of character development and even less in the way of a coherent story.
What makes this acidic dramedy stand out is that it was brutally honest about the whole fiasco and didn't attempt to gloss over any of it.
The New Paper
That the film has you laughing instead of crying is bonus.
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Sharks are better.No wait ? wolves.
It forgets it's a movie, not a Technicolor op-ed.That leaves us with some impressive storytelling devices begging to be plugged into something substan ..
Hollywood Into To
The Big Short overcomes those obstacles in impressive fashion, succeeding as both a sobering deconstruction of the financial crisis and a surprisingly ..
McKay infuses the picture with an undeniable crackling energy, building intensity to an exhilarating cinematic scale.
But four outsiders see what no one else can: the whole thing is a time bomb.The Big Short is their story.
Liver Pool Echo
Basically old fish in a new stew.Wall Street will sell you anything.
The Big Short sits on the Mount Everest of moral high ground?as it should against the crooks of Wall Street?so its conscience chooses to highlight the ..
The Popcorn Junkie
The film flies by, a wicked spin through a wicked time when everyone was guilty, no one was held accountable and the winners, who risked it all, felt ..
I'll say this much for "The Big Short": it's a very entertaining movie.
The Big Short isn't a fun 'n forget it popcorn flick.
At Home In Hollywood
It's all part of the film's agitated mood and fragmented narrative style.
And it certainly is very proud to be a message movie.
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Dramatically, it's a bit stilted and awkward, with uneven storytelling and a lack of real character development?but the film's performances, momentous ..
But most of the time, "The Big Short" practically backflips on this narrative tightrope, remaining engaging while engaging complicated ideas, forcing ..
My States Man
When I was in junior high school, my English teacher walked into the classroom one day, placed a pencil on his desk and pointed at it, saying, "All ri ..
Maybe if this was balanced with a personal story that one of the characters was going through, I would have taken the spoon-fed lesson.
The turmoil is excruciating, yet Bale's performance is resilient and often wickedly funny.See it if..
Some characters do have redeeming qualities, though, and anchor some heart into what is essentially a film about corruption and greed.
But it's not boring, just intelligent and engaging and a lot more fun than the still quite good "Margin Call."
Don't get me wrong: The Big Short has plenty of self-reflexive jokes and moments where characters expunge witty quips by breaking the fourth wall, but ..
Four Three Film
Well, don't.Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell and Brad Pitt indeed provide magnificent performances, but still, don't allow yourself the plea ..
McKay's adaptation of Michael Lewis' book presents the subprime loan crisis as a screwball comedy, complete with to-camera asides.
If all of this sounds a little dry, I can't emphasize enough how wet it is.
The movie has some hysterical ways to break down those terms for you.
Still, the drama works because the entire ensemble is absolutely on top of its game.
"The Big Short" is, like many of its characters, brutally honest, smart and cocky.
Sandiego Union Tribune
Will holiday audiences bother to swallow what this extraordinary movie is selling?
This is an entertaining and informative black comedy about a difficult and depressing subject, heightened by strong performances and lively direction.
Of all of the film's dark comedy moments, this is the hardest one to laugh at.
It's a comedy, but one whose dark humor derives from a passionate sense of disappointment and anger.
The Big Short is one of those genre-bending films.A serious drama with very unconventional touches and outlandish soupcons of wit and wisdom.
The individual shticks, once established, remain mostly static?probably for the best given the results when McKay strives for pathos.The director's lo ..
As the laughter curdles in the throat, the takeaway is horror.
One of the great problems with the banking crisis, apart from the unbridled greed and arrogance of the bankers, and the destruction of the known world ..
The Sunday Times
These films mix education about economics, with drama and comedy.
Adam McKay probably understands this as well as anyone.
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