BY CAL CURRAN —
The film was one of 2015’s best, with intellect and humor
The Big Short was one of many movies this year that was recognized and nominated at the 88th Academy Awards. Although it didn’t bring home a gold statue, it was still one of the best movies of 2015. The movie’s director, Adam McKay, whose most recent projects, Anchorman 2, Step Brothers, and Talladega Nights, have been delightful — some could say vapid, didn’t seem the type to direct a movie like The Big Short
Don’t get me wrong, I love Will Ferrell comedies, but Adam McKay’s choice to make a deep, thoughtful and brooding film about the 2008 financial crises was extremely unexpected. McKay did an exceptional job of putting away some of the humor to accurately depict the worst financial crash in American history since the Great Depression.
McKay and cowriter Charles Randolph won the Oscar for best writing and adapted screenplay, which they both deserved for their depiction.
The movie has exceptional characters played by an exceptional cast. A huge part of what makes this movie so great is the phenomenal performances by Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt, a team of Hollywood’s best.
The movie also takes into great care the complexity of the subject it is portraying.
The makers understood that it is not a subject people are extremely knowledgeable about but McKay uses several quick celebrity “breakaways” to explain what is happening in the plot. Not only does it add a layer of humor, but allows viewers to follow the plot. I recommend this to anyone who is willing to use their brain to watch an intellectual, humorous and amazing movie.