The Big Short

By Jim Carey

Monday`s film at Occupy was adapted from the Michael Lewis book, T​he Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine. It`s about the events leading up to the US subprime mortgage crisis and the implosion of the global economy in 2008. This isn’t really a subject for laughs, but Adam McKay treats it as the stuff of high farce.

Occupy SMA Meeting and Film
Mon, Apr 25, 1pm
The Big Short
Quinta Loreto Hotel
Loreto 15

Christopher Hooton of the UK’s Independent sums it up by saying: “McKay might not have been able to pull off the feat without such star power. There is Dr. Michael Burry (Christian Bale), a hedge fund manager who realizes that the current housing market is bound to collapse. The second narrative features closet idealist and hedge fund manager Mark Baum (Steve Carrell), who gets wind of dishonest credit ratings and the scale of fraud prevalent in loan sanctions and works with trader Jared Vennett (Ryan Gosling) to get back at Wall Street and its toxic culture. The third is about young guns Charlie (John Magaro) and Jamie (Finn Wittrock), who want a stake at the “big boys table” of Wall Street. They find out Vennett’s plans and, with the help of retired, reclusive, and paranoid banker Ben Rickert (Brad Pitt), make trades to also short the housing market. Martin Scorsese’s influence is heavy here, and the film is very similar in a lot of ways to The Wolf of Wall Street, though I’d argue it’s a better one. “The Big Short” in contrast feels more controlled and aims less for aren’t bankers awful and more for isn’t the entire financial system completely corrupt, and isn’t it terrifying that the world is run by humans when all humans are basically just self-interested and/or winging it all the time. Serious but entertaining and intricate but funny is a difficult balance to strike, but The Big Short manages it masterfully. In spite of its 130-minute runtime, this is a fast-paced and expertly cut narrative. Its use of title cards is likewise impressive: The dread on your face when you read the text on the final title card and realize that there have been no lessons learnt… The Big Short ends up as a strong and reflective contemplation on the global financial crisis and its wide-ranging after-effects,” says critic Virat Nehru. All our events are free. Join us Monday.


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