The Big Short (Review)

With an all star cast at hand, we got to check out the very dramatic telling of the economic crash and those investors caught up in the firing line!

In 2008, Wall Street guru Michael Burry (Christian Bale) realises that a number of subprime home loans are in danger of defaulting. Burry bets against the housing market by throwing more than $1 billion of his investors’ money into credit default swaps. His actions attract the attention of banker Jared Vennett (Ryan Gosling), hedge-fund specialist Mark Baum (Steve Carell) and other greedy opportunists. Together, these men make a fortune by taking full advantage of the impending historical economic collapse in America.


The Big Short is a very uniquely shot and edited piece by Adam McKay (director of Anchorman.. yes!) It is a fast paced and energetic piece that echoes those who wanted it all.

With an all star cast at hand and led by the great Christian Bale, The Big Short truly is a film to be watched. Crafted in such an interesting way to keep the audiences intrigued for the 130 minute run time – it very cleverly adds Hollywood star Margot Robbie and Selena Gomez (in small cameos) to explain banking terms in the simplest ways – this is so incredibly genius that it ultimately echoed the then times, show the crowd something shiny and they will follow.

Bale gives a really great performance as Burry, who tries to tell the people of the impending danger that lies ahead. Showing off some excellent acting chops – ti us, it is now clear why he was nominated.


Carell also plays a stormer as hot head Baum. His character may be one that some may not like, but with the trouble past and his ever growing knowledge of the fact the ordinary people will suffer – Baum is thrown into a dilemma to do it for himself or not.
Carell proves yet again that he can play both funny man and very effing serious man!

Gosling, effortlessly portrays the weasel of the showdown – seemingly not to be trusted and breaking the fourth wall throughout, Gosling cleverly charms his way around the screen in one of the more memorable parts of the piece.

Pitt also drops by in what can be called a more cameo-ized role than others, although being the brains in parts. Pitt delivers a very straight forward role that was pleasantly viewed upon!

With a great supporting cast thrown into the mix which includes Marisa Tomei, Melissa Leo, Rafe Spall and Karen Gillan –  The Big Short can only be described as the very serious and cautious minded older brother of The Wolf of Wall Street with less sex/drugs and more awkward betrayal.

(Personal rating: 4/5) –  Nerd out!


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