The Laundromat (2019)


“Bad? Bad is such a big word, for being such a small word.” – Jürgen Mossack

Number of Times Seen – 1 (28 Oct 2019)

Brief Synopsis – A recent widow tries to understand how the complicated financial system works after failing to receive a settlement from the insurance that supposedly covered her husbands accident that caused his death.

My Take on it – his is a film that I came across by accident and was quite impressed with the way that it works on numerous levels.

The film has a difficult task of trying to take a very complex issue and explain it in very simple and layman ways for the regular viewer to understand and also comprehend fully all that is transpiring throughout the film.

They easily show that due to so many loopholes in the financial system, things sometimes work and sometimes don’t depending on how versed one is with the various aspects of it all.

The story is helped along by an amazingly talented cast that allow us to try and learn about this warped system in a fun and enjoyable way even if parts still come across as being quite complex.

This film does a nice job trying to explain things in a much simpler way that is effective most of teh time.

There are a few instances where things get so complex and convoluted that it can be difficult to try and decipher what is really going on.

The story is paced really well and the movie adds three narrators to help guide us through the complexities of it all.

Meryl Streep, Antonio Bandaras and Gary Oldman play these narrators who are constantly breaking the fourth wall in order to try and help us comprehend the way things work and help keep this so much fun.

Bottom Line – Fascinating look at the way that the financial system both works and doesn’t work based on the various loopholes that are built in to the system. Amazing cast helps make this film fun to watch even if parts of it are quite complex. They do a nice job trying to explain all of these complex aspects in simpler ways which works part of the time and in other instances still seems quite incomprehensible.  The story moves along at a nice pace and the added hep of having Banderas, Streep and Oldman as narrators who break the fourth wall helps keep this enjoyable to watch unfold. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Based on the non-fiction book “Secrecy World: Inside the Panama Papers Investigation of Illicit Money Networks and the Global Elite” by Jake Bernstein, that exposes the world revealed by the Panama Papers, a landscape of illicit money, political corruption, and fraud on a global scale. (From IMDB)

Rating –Globe Worthy (7/10)

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