Thursday, December 31, 2015

The Big Short - Box Office Review

The Big Short” might be one of the best written films I’ve ever seen. I can’t recall sitting through a movie that blatantly spells out how ignorant the audience watching the film is and then continues belittling their intelligence throughout. It’s incredible. They presume you’re an over commercialized fool who listens to celebrities over facts and then use celebrities to pander to your unintelligent existence. It’s truly a miracle. It’s remarkable to me that this movie is scoring so well on Rotten Tomatoes in viewer ratings. It is this reason that supports my belief on how well written this film is. It deserves an award. How do you insult an entire audience and then they give you rave reviews? Let’s explore…

First, this film is complicated because of how it deals with financial topics unfamiliar to many people. It addresses that fact nicely and provides the simplest explanation of concepts that led to the rise and fall of the housing market. The language in this film is complex, technical and crude. It’s also written so well that the simplest mind can grasp a new and challenging concept being described by simply using Jenga blocks. It caters to the lowest common denominator of intelligence and it’s done in such a way you might feel like you’re being educated. The fact is, you’re being talked down to because there’s a good chance you’re part of the problem that led to housing crisis in America. This isn’t education for improved learning. It’s education on how you (probably) helped ruin an entire economy by being unaware.

Second, and probably the most important, the movie ends by painting a picture of redistributed fault or blame. We don’t leave the theater feeling like the housing market had a bubble and it burst because we’re to blame. It ends by showing how the Federal Government is to blame. It details, nicely, how the United States Federal Government knew and did nothing to support change. In fact, the film closes with a poignant statement regarding why the banks didn’t care. Wall Street and banking is about money and this film informs you how far money goes and how little the people in charge care as long as there is money to go around.

“The Big Short” is in theaters now! I give this film all the bail out money it needs. It’s one of the best films I’ve seen all year. The actors are incredible, all of them. There’s no shortage of talent and you’d assume there might be. Star studded cast, supporting cast and ancillary characters are all well acted. The story is engaging and topical. I can’t wait to see this film again. It’s that good. If you fancy yourself an intellectual go see this. If you enjoy money and Wall Street, go see this. If you want a film that will open your eyes to an entirely new world that coexists with you, go see it. Incredibly well done and kudos all around.

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