Movie – The Big Short [REVIEW] – This Is A True Story

IMDb Rating: 7,8/10
Genres: BiographyComedyDrama, History
Director: Adam McKay
Writers: Charles Randolph, Adam McKay
Stars: Christian BaleSteve CarellRyan Gosling


When the first time I saw “The Big Short,” I hope it would be probably the same as “The Wolf of Wall Street which is a biography and comedy movie because that is the fact. However, “The Big Short” isn’t a movie which is a biography movie that always exaggerates something. I’m very curious about this movie just because of the actors such as Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, and Steve Carell. Apart from that, this movie, in fact, is an evidence of how in 2007 ago had happened a subprime mortgage crisis. The influence isn’t only in the United States alone but around the world, especially in Indonesia, which makes the rupiah have an exchange rate becomes more and more weakened. After watching this movie, I immediately can’t think about this movie even though I don’t really understand what really happened in this movie. However, “The Big Short” is actually a biographical movie that’s presented full of detail though it’s pretty confusing if you can interpret it yourself.

Three separate but parallel stories of the U.S mortgage housing crisis of 2005 are told. Michael Burry, an eccentric ex-physician turned one-eyed Scion Capital hedge fund manager, has traded traditional office attire for shorts, bare feet and a Supercuts haircut. He believes that the US housing market is built on a bubble that will burst within the next few years. Autonomy within the company allows Burry to do largely as he pleases, so Burry proceeds to bet against the housing market with the banks, who are more than happy to accept his proposal for something that has never happened in American history. The banks believe that Burry is a crackpot and therefore are confident in that they will win the deal. Jared Vennett with Deutschebank gets wind of what Burry is doing and, as an investor believes he too can cash in on Burry’s beliefs. An errant telephone call to FrontPoint Partners gets this information into the hands of Mark Baum, an idealist who is fed up with the corruption in the financial industry. Baum and his associates, who work at an arms length under Morgan Stanley, decide to join forces with Vennett despite not totally trusting him. In addition to Burry’s information, they further believe that most of the mortgages are overrated by the bond agencies, with the banks collating all the sub-prime mortgages under AAA packages. Charlie Geller and Jamie Shipley, who are minor players in a $30 million start-up garage company called Brownfield, get a hold of Vennett’s prospectus on the matter. Wanting in on the action but not having the official clout to play, they decide to call an old “friend”, retired investment banker Ben Rickert, to help out. All three of these groups work on the premise that the banks are stupid and don’t know what’s going on, while for them to win, the general economy has to lose, which means the suffering of the general investor who trusts the financial institutions. That latter aspect may not sit well with Baum. Some of these assumptions may be incorrect and may be far more manipulative than they could have ever imagined, which in turn may throw curves into the process.

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Steve Carell, Hamish Linklater, Jeremy Strong, and Rafe Spall in The Big Short (2015)

So, I possibly to write what actually happens in this movie although this is only according to my interpretation only. This is just the result of my interpretation only, don’t feel understand about what’s going on. However, “The Big Short” is indeed a first biography film that I also didn’t understand what really happened. Although “The Wolf of Wall Street” takes the same theme of the film as financial, it takes some several financial terms that will become the kernel of every dialogue. Although like that, don’t feel bad because this movie including in comedy films as well although it’s done alternately and narration. For example, it’s not often that this movie always uses the cameo of some several celebrities like Selena Gomez, Anthony Bourdain, and Margot Robbie who explains the terms and ways of working in finances to the audience. In essence, the cameo is doing breaking the 4th wall. In addition to the cameo, the actors who play in this movie also often breaking the 4th wall with a bit comedy that embedded but some also didn’t succeed to invite the laughter of its audience.

Ryan Gosling in The Big Short (2015)

At first, I was interested in this movie just because of the actors. Chrisitan Bale who got the 2016 Oscar nomination for the Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role category is a very diverse actor. His character is very arrogant, very well to understand the financial numbers, and didn’t know a pity for each human are the character that I like. In addition to his performances that use shorts, sandals, regular clothes, and always listen to metal songs when he was working, I prefer this character than others. Steve Carell is an actor who may be practically unique in this movie because he is the most evocative person in this movie compared to other characters. His character was grumpy but logical because the situation he lived was in jerks who are very enamored of corruption to be unaware of what he did. For Brad Pitt, I can’t think that he has a short role in this movie. He’s not as bizarre as in other movies that he’s starring, but the characters he plays are so confident. Ryan Gosling, if we compare to another movie, he might have an similar acting to “Crazy, Stupid, Love” according to many people even though I haven’t watched this movie at all. His character is sometimes funny but so annoying but he can be said to be superior to the others.

Jeremy Strong and Rafe Spall in The Big Short (2015)

What I feel strange about this movie is the director, “Adam McKay.” If I can conclude this movie, maybe I can relate it to an anime “Bakemonogatari.” Every scene, frame by frame, I see something odd that the director always puts a very obscure frame causing a nuisance. The shot that always raises the zoom-in into some actors and the camera that was deliberately shaken to arise an unprofessional impression but I understand if it intends to be able to produce a technique that looks like a realistic documentary movie. However, I didn’t like the directing style of Adam McKay. He has also won an Oscar in the category of Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay along with Charles Randolph. Nothing wrong if this movie does have a flow that becomes memorable so smart with a story that’s interpolated some humor and the actors are very supportive.

4,5 Star


The Big Short” is one of the movies that managed to make some audience understand about finance, although some also didn’t understand. Adam McKay and Charles Randolph, they were both geniuses who managed to create a different style of narration and writing than others. Three stories of people who are different but connected to the story, mutually harmful and mutually beneficial. This movie is able to make us aware of there are also people who act as an anti-hero that we always think bad but behind it, he’s doing right than the others think.

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4 thoughts on “Movie – The Big Short [REVIEW] – This Is A True Story

  1. I’m sorry the movie didn’t work out for you. I personally loved it, especially Ryan Gosling’s character. I haven’t watched Wolf of Wall Street, but I thought The Big Short was a good companion piece to the Inside Job, which is a documentary about the 2008 financial fallout.

    The Big Short showed that banks and investors knew that there was a crisis, but instead of trying to help fix the problem and save the financial lives of millions, they kept it to themselves and got rich doing it. Then the government decided to help the banks, even though they were the reason why so many lives were ruined.

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    1. At first, I didn’t understand at all what actually happened in this movie although I was interested just because of the actors. After watching this movie, I don’t even understand what exactly happened. Maybe, I can catch it a little but have not understood the whole story. So I did as much research, read some reviews, and searched for a related topic about mortgage crisis in 2008. And I already understand what really happened.

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