Weekly Movie Challenge – (Oscar Season Edition #4) The Big Short (2015)

 Darren and Rob's

Being that Darren and I both love watching lots and lots of movies, we decided to start a new weekly series where we challenge each other to watch a new movie that we enjoyed and feel the other one might also.

The rules are simple; it has to be a movie we have NEVER seen, (not just not reviewed)

Every Tuesday, we will both post both reviews on our sites.

Let’s hope we both can add lots of new favorites to our personal lists

Since it’s now Oscar Season, we decided to both review the same movie each week, so here are my thoughts on…..

big short“Tell me the difference between stupid and illegal and I’ll have my wife’s brother arrested. ” – Jared

Number of Times Seen – 1 (4 Jan 2016)

Brief Synopsis – The stranger than truth story of four men who each predicted the housing bubble collapse and used their financial knowledge to take advantage of this windfall.

My Take on it – Most people know or know of someone hurt by the housing bubble collapse that happened 7-8 years ago.

This movie tries to tell the very complex and difficult story of what actually happened but it too often panders to the audience and tries to explain it all to us like we are little kids.

While it spends so much time trying to make sure we understand the virtually incomprehensible financial babble; we feel even more lost because this story lacks an anchor.

The idea that business transactions on such high levels are completely impersonal and void of human connections is a grave understatement.

Without an anchor, this movie jumps too much between its four stories even further befuddles our understanding of the whole concept bring told to us.

Despite this, the lead cast is excellent because even well known actors like Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt keep their anonymity and we think of them as their characters instead of being the actors portraying those characters.

This movie is pure Oscar bait and they flaunt that fact despite most people not understanding most of whats going on.

The irony of it all is that people’s lack of understanding of these processes is essentially what allowed for this to happen and the way the movie tries to exploit that is what makes this movie such a satire.

Bottom Line – Interesting story that tries to show us how impersonal business transactions can be but it spent too much time trying to explain everything to us instead of trying to tell a personal story. Too many main characters befuddles the focus and in the end we never know who to root for. Great cast who know how to deliver. Definitely Oscar bait despite most people still not understanding most of the financial talk… which is essentialy why the system failed so in a way the whole story is a satire.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Ryan Gosling’s first appearance in a film after announcing his “break” from acting in March of 2013. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy


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12 thoughts on “Weekly Movie Challenge – (Oscar Season Edition #4) The Big Short (2015)

  1. This one disappointed me too. Good review. The 4th Wall breaking stuff did not work for me. I hated being directly talked to as well. It dumbed everything down for the Anchorman audience. For me, it missed mark with casting too. Although, Carrell was great. I was with it until Margot Robbie. As for the confusing remarks, with movies I feel as long as the characters know what they’re talking about I’m on board, even if I have no idea.. like Primer. The director of Short needed to trust the audience, and not stop the movie every 20 minutes to repeat what the characters said, except with a celebrity as themselves outright teaching us. I’m glad I’m not the only one disappointed, guys 😉


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