The Big Short tells the story of four outsiders in the world of high-finance who predicted the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s decide to take on the big banks for their lack of foresight and greed.
It’s been about seven years since the financial crisis that plummeted the world into financial turmoil that many countries still struggle to pull themselves from. Since then, how much has changed? Millions are still being made off the suffering of another with this wealth continuing to only remain in control of a select few.
Coming from a comedic director Adam McKay, you would hardly expect his take on the financial crisis to be a serious one – and it isn’t. It does have it’s serious moments but it’s an inspiring and fresh new take on a still relevant issue. Through comedy, it lets us see this issue from a completely different angle. McKay creates an energetic piece that holds your attention and if it loses you for a moment, it stops to explain the terms that bankers and those of the stock market tend to confuse us with. It’s almost as if it has to be comedic because there’s hardly another way to deliver this almost unbelievable world that us regular mortals would hardly come into contact with or really understand.
Even though it’s a break from McKay’s previous work and the first film without buddy Will Ferrell, it’s a great step into an entertaining direction of serious topics in the future.