Flash Movie Review: The Big Short

My first piggy bank started out its life as a jar of chocolate syrup. With a lid that had a plastic bear’s head on top with a coin slot in back, once the syrup was gone and the jar washed I would save any money I would get inside of it. I had a total of 6 banks before I got a new type of bank; a metal rocket ship with a spring loaded docking port. Putting a coin on the catapult device, all I had to do was press the red launch button and the coin would be jettisoned into a slot just behind the rocket ship’s pilot cabin. As I got older all my change found its way to an actual bank with friendly tellers. I grew up in a time when banks were staffed by local residents; it was a place you could trust to hold your money and if lucky earn a little interest on those funds. As one bank started buying another bank which would then buy another bank, the small local banks became satellite locations for large nationwide banks. Some of the employees were replaced and though the new ones were friendly, it was a scripted friendliness as their goal was to sell you one of the bank’s new financial products. So they were not as personal as I remembered, but I still trusted them. It was not until later in life when I refinanced my place that I lost all trust with the banking institutions. And the fact that this happened around ย the same time as the story in this biographical film only made me angry all over again. ย  ย FUND manager Dr. Michael Burry, played by Christian Bale (The Flowers of War, Public Enemies), discovered something that no one else realized about the housing market. The banks thought he was crazy. Based on Michael Lewis’ (The Blind Side, Moneyball) best seller, this comedic film festival winning drama had such a great cast that included Ryan Gosling (Gangster Squad, Half Nelson) as Jared Vennett and Steve Carell (Freeheld, Foxcatcher) as Mark Blum. I have a new appreciation for Steve’s dramatic acting abilities. The script was laced with numerous funny moments as three stories were running parallel to each other. What I found to be a brilliant stroke of genius was the way the writers used plain talking speech in a humorous setting to explain some of the business products and practices discussed in this film. In fact, I learned more from this excellent movie than numerous articles and publications I have read about the economy. Now before you say you get bored when people start talking about business, let me tell you this film kept things interesting, moving along with the help of the film editor and director; there was not a dull moment. However, there is a chance you may get angry after you see what took place in this well done picture.


3 1/2 stars




About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on January 4, 2016, in Drama and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. I think all three actors are highly watchable and incredibly talented so I’m looking forward to seeing all three together. I expected to loathe Moneyball – hating statistics and sport as I do – but thoroughly enjoyed it so I’m actually looking forward to this movie when I eventually have the opportunity to see it.

  2. Is pretty much watch anything with any of these fine actors in it so I’ll be going to see it for sure. I’ll let you know my thoughts.

  3. Interesting how Steve Carrell morphed into someone who transcended the stereotype from “The Office”? ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. I will probably be one of the angry ones, as we lost our house 4 years ago due to some of these very practices. You’ll be happy to know that we have “rebuilt” our lives after renting for three years and are the proud new owners of a fixer-upper home that we have remodeled ourselves. (Well, it’s still being remodeled but the main part is done.) Anyways, thank you for the great review, this is a movie I am looking forward to seeing.

  5. Haven’t been back to your place in a long time, and I’d forgotten how you do your reviews. I like the way you smoothly led into the film’s topic and personalized it in a way any reader could relate to. Your flash review is accurate, in my opinion. The strong actors definitely make the film as good as it is, but the script is good as far as attempting to clarify concepts for laypeople. I would say it doesn’t always succeed, but agree that no one will feel lost or frustrated, but will instead feel part of the action, and angry about the outcome.

    Good review!

  6. Great piece Joltz. Unfortunately I couldn’t get into The Big Short. I tried. Adam McKay was a very odd choice to take control of a movie about big banks and mortgage loan stuff. I was perpetually off-put by the fancy dialogue. Then when they tried to explain it in layman’s terms with little definitions all over the screen, I just felt dumb. It was very didactic, condescending and an all around odd experience for me, I hate to say. But I’m very glad to see you taking a lot away from it. It seems a lot of people have and I’m in the minority. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • It is quite okay; I had friends who suffered during that time so I understood maybe more about the things taking place in the movie. Thank you for taking the time to leave your comments. And the best of luck tomorrow when the Oscar nominations come out. Hopefully I will have seen them all already instead of racing around trying to before the Oscar telecast.

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