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Film This Weekend: The Big Short

Film This Weekend: The Big Short

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    Jan 22, 2016   Author : admin


Adapted from Michael Lewis’s best-selling novel “The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine”, this week’s big opening gives an insight into the financial crisis in the 2000s. The star-studded cast of the film includes Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, Karen Gillian and Marissa Tomei. 

Director Adam McKay impresses with his depiction of one of the major financial market collapses of all time and makes it entertaining for all kinds of audience. Of what may have seemingly been a mundane telling of economic mishaps and issues has been re-packaged in a fast edged cinematic experience, enjoyable to even those with little interests on the subject. The re-telling has been centered on the perspectives of some interesting characters that sensed the downturn and decided on ways to profit from it. What follows are three parallel storylines unfolding at the backdrop of the mortgage housing crisis in the U.S. 

Christian Bale’s character Michael Burry is the first to catch a wind of the changes leading towards a housing bubble and as he starts making noticeably crazy investments, he soon catches the attention of banker Jared Vennett (Ryan Gosling) who is keen to cash on his ideas also. He joins forces with Mark Baum (Steve Carell) after an erroneous phone call lands him the information Burry has. 

We get to see some top-notch performances by seasoned actors in the movie and the screenplay adds the rest of the glory to it – making it one of those smart financial films that weave in enough of the technicalities without losing on its entertainment value. 

The Big Short has already gained its due admiration from the critics along with becoming one of the forerunners in the awards season of the year. With three Critic’s Choice Awards under its belt for Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Comedy Film and Best Actor in Comedy being won by Christian Bale, along with five Oscar nominations, it is quite ensured that it is indeed one of the best films of the year. And, as much as it has been celebrated at the award rotaries, it is quite likely and obvious that the box office run is going to reflect any differently. We are expecting packed houses, so if you are going for this crisp satirical take on a real life finance story – make sure you book in advance for a smooth time at the cinemas this weekend! 

Images: Youtube, | MYC Writer: Soma Dutta

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