THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE BIG SHORT (2015)


#131 of the fast drawing to a close movie countdown of 2015 is the excellent The Big Short, which manages to explain the 2008 mortgage crisis, entertain you while doing it, and make you really sad & angry that it could have happened. There is no one likable in this film - the odd group of financiers that discover the impending bubble about to burst (Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling) come off to me as creepy and profiteering. But the examination of what happened and how, that no one was truly watching what was going on is just spellbinding. Director Adam McKay starts in a lighthearted vein with some slightly goofy tactics (Gosling and others talk directly to the camera, guest celebs define in humorous ways what some of these financial terms mean). But as the story unfolds it becomes more and more serious until the bubble bursts and millions become homeless and unemployed. The Big Short is a little gimmicky but the subject matter may have been deadly dull and not very cinematic without some spice mixed in. And as we all know the financial shenanigans are almost certainly continuing. Who could see this coming from the director of Anchorman?

TLA one-word review: eye-opening