This week’s pick is biography/drama The Big Short starring Christian Bale, Steve Carrell and Ryan Gosling.
This Oscar-nominated movie about Wall Street greed and the causes of the 2008 global financial crisis spins a fascinating tale of intrigue. It tells several distinct stories of the real investors who both predicted and took advantage of the crash that crippled economies around the world, and does so with the help of phenomenal acting talent. There’s Michael Burry (Christian Bale, American Hustle), a hedge fund manager who defies the will of his clients by betting their money against the housing market, all while listening to heavy metal and playing air-drum solos at his desk. Then there’s Ben Rickert (Brad Pitt, Moneyball), a superstitious survivalist and ex-investor who mentors two newcomers as they enter the brutal world of investment banking. Steve Carell (Foxcatcher) shines as the closest thing to a hero in the movie, Mark Baum, who embarks on a journey of discovery into the despicable inner workings of Wall Street and mortgage sales, all while struggling with his morals on whether or not to take advantage of the impending collapse… The Big Short approaches a seemingly complex subject with humour, focus and impressive attention to detail, all while condemning the real life powers that be.
Don’t miss our pick of the week! The Big Short is out Thursday 12th May.