The Big Short (2015) Review

Rating: 10 / 10

From the author of The Blind Side and Moneyball comes a star-studded, beautifully edited story.

Plot: Based on the book by the same name by Michael Lewis is about four denizens in the world of high-finance predict the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s, and decide to take on the big banks for their greed and lack of foresight.


  • Christian Bale as Dr. Michael Burry
  • Ryan Gosling as Jared Vennett (based on Greg Lippmann)
  • Steve Carrell as Mark Baum (based on Steve Eisman)
  • Brad Pitt as Ben Rickert (based on Ben Hocket)
  • John Magaro as Charlie Geller (based on Charlie Ledley)
  • Finn Wittrock as Jamie Shipley (based on Jamie Mai)
  • and many more

Directed by: Adam McKay

Written by: Charles Randolph (screenplay), Adam McKay (screenplay), Michael Lewis (book)

After watching 88th Academy Awards, finally decided to watch The Big Short. The film was nominated in five categories (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Film Editing) and won the Best Adapted Screenplay award. For me, films that are about financial crisis have never been interesting, mostly because I didn’t understand them and they were made boring. But this film brings something original – while breaking the fourth wall, the characters explains everything to the viewer and makes it much easier to enjoy the film. Everything that this film has to offer: the editing, acting, music – it is just one of the best. I especially loved how the film was edited, with all the shots that were combined into beautiful sequences made the movie look so good and original. A great work from the editor Hank Corwin. Adam McKay made one of the best biography movies in a while and was so close on receiving the Best Director award. To tell the story of fraud and deceit practiced by the banks of Wall Street on the American people and on the world was already told by many movies before that (Margin call, Inside Job, Too Big to Fail) were not that good as this Adam McKays work off art.

The star-studded cast is just phenomenal in this film. Performance of Christian Bale as Dr. Michael Burry is just one of his best (almost all of his characters that he plays are great – he just puts a soul in all of them). To show his talent by playing a hedge fund manager who has Asperger syndrome is a challenge and Christian Bale did his research by meeting the real Michael Burry and making the character so real on screen. Even Michael Lewis (author of the books) called his portrayal “borderline creepy”. I now understand why Christian Bale was nominated for the Best Supporting Actor award. I enjoyed all the main cast – Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt and Steve Carrell just an awesome cast that is always enjoyable to see when they are acting. Steve Carrell went in his character – he made him very serious when it is needed and funny, a great combination for him.

I really recommend this movie for everybody. Even if you are not interested in the financial crisis of 2007 – 2008 you still will enjoy this film because the performances. The editing makes the film fantastic and will enjoy all aspects of the film.

As of February 28, 2016, The Big Short has grossed $68.5 million in North America and $55.4 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $123.9 million, against a budget of $28 million.

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