BrynnonPicard's Review of The Big Short
Posted Aug 14th, 2018
The Big Short is dramatic retelling of the 2007-2008 financial crisis, from the viewpoint of a lucky few you managed to profit from it. This unique perspective, shown through a cast of eccentric characters, makes for an entertaining, and at times enraging story. The content of this film is quite thought-provoking, and manages to make the viewer feel both good and bad about the financial crisis, through the profits made by central characters and the broader economic issues shown. There are a lot of technical terms thrown around in this movie, which a person not very familiar with the world of finance might find confusing at times. Anyone should still be able to understand the general ideas being explained, but the specific technical details of what happened will probably not be accessible to most viewers.
There is quite a large cast of characters, to keep track of, from 3 distinct groups, all of whom have stumbled into the opportunity of a lifetime, right before the biggest economic crisis of their lifetimes. Each character is memorable and unique, so there aren't any moments where the audience is asking themselves "Who is that again?" Narration throughout the film provides context to the events we are seeing on screen, and at times it feels like a pseudo-documentary.
Depending on what kind of person you are, this movie will probably either make you angry or want to pursue a career in finance. I would recommend this movie to anyone who is interested in business, and likes movies with a good amount of humor sprinkled throughout.