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Netflix Picks The Big Short Film Review

Updated on August 8, 2016

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The Big Short is a 2015 Oscar nominee that is directed by Adam McKay. It stars the likes of Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pit, Finn Wittrock, and Marisa Tomei. The film is produced by a combination of Paramount Pictures and Plan B Entertainment. It earns a hard R rating with a 2 hour and 10-minute run time.


The Big Short weaves the story of the 2008 stock market crash. The film makes the difficulty of understanding big banking and simplifies is enough for the general public to understand. It really documents the behind the scenes drama of the financial crash in 2008. It shows the stories of three people that made a lot of money at the expense of many millions of innocent people.


The Big Short is a terrifying piece of history that depicts the behind the scenes drama of the 2008 financial crash. It is incredibly engaging and takes the boring life of numbers to make it simple and interesting. The film is always going 100 miles an hour and takes a Wolf of Wall Street style idea of storytelling. The Big Short has an amazing cast, and they all put on one of their best performances respectively. Steve Carell in particular really stands out. He plays one of the most dynamic roles he has ever done before. Christian Bale will forever be remembered for his Batman. This is a very different role that shows his range is immense. The film is very much a docu-drama. It fits the bill perfectly and allows the audience to understand the complicated parts that most people need a degree to understand by having other stars simplify the difficult ideas. This film has a terrific score that really helps to drive the action on screen. It includes many songs that are really popular, as well as playing some softer piano music to set the mood. The music is simply enticing. The Big Short does an amazing job of hitting on the heavy points that destroys the audience’s emotions. There was one scene in particular that showed how stupid some of the ideas the government had were. The scene where Finn Wittrock’s character is talking to a relative and she says she is moving her career from the law of banking to a big banking firm. Finn responds with “Isn’t there some kind of law to prevent that?” There is not and that one line really hits home the point of idiotic some ideas can be. The film also makes it all feel so real. After living through the financial crash, audience members will be able to reflect back on how terrible jobs became after this event. The film makes the loss of jobs feel all too real and the corruption behind it all is just so evident it hurts.

Final Thoughts

The Big Short is nearly a perfect film. It is hard to find any complaints about it at all for that matter. The fact that this film is based on things that actually happened is just incredible. The film is a must watch for all American’s…especially bankers.

Grade: A+

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