Funny, insightful and biting, this drama is a likely Best Picture nominee that’s not to be missed.
Is it worth $10? Yes
The economic collapse of 2008 was horrible, yet many of us have no idea how and why it all went down. This is where “The Big Short” excels: It takes the mortgage crisis that precipitated the fallout and breaks it into small, digestible pieces that are easy to comprehend. Add some strong performances from big-time movie stars, creative flourishes and a few laughs and you have one of the best movies of 2015.
Based on Michael Lewis’ (“Moneyball”) non-fiction book of the same name, the story focuses on three sets of individuals who see the meltdown looming even though the mortgage industry was flourishing in the early to mid-2000s. They are: San Jose money manager Michael Burry (Christian Bale), who in 2005 looked where others weren’t looking and saw that adjustable rate mortgages were going to price people out of their homes in a few years; Wall Street banker Jared Vennett (Ryan Gosling), who enlists hot-headed hedge fund manager Mark Baum (Steve Carell) and his team so they can all make millions; and upstart money managers Jamie Shipley (Finn Wittrock) and Charlie Geller (John Magaro), who bring in former banker Ben Rickert (Brad Pitt) for financial assistance and guidance.