Another trip to the Guildford Odeon for a lucky-dip Screen Unseen movie. As Forrest Gump would say….you don’t always know what you’re gonna get.
After a couple of recent suboptimal experiences, The Big Short has renewed our Screen Unseen enthusiasm. Out on general release in the UK from this Friday, 22nd January, the film is a sparkling effort to tell the story of the 2008 financial crash in an understandable and entertaining way.
Who indeed would think that the movie-going public could be entertained by a complex tale of sub-prime mortgage loans, credit-default swaps and collateralised debt obligations. And, by the architect of the final descent into financial madness, synthetic CDOs.
Enter Adam McKay as director of The Big Short. Known as a comedian and a director of hugely successful comic movies, he has used off-the-wall cinematic techniques and ploys to highlight the frankly unbelievable and absurd unravelling of the banking system.
The stellar cast – Steve Carell, Christian Bale, Brad Pitt, Ryan Gosling and Peter Epstein – play along as the Wall Street outsiders, non-conformist geniuses, idealists and chancers who bet against inherent Wall Street greed and corruption.
This is a seat-of-the-pants, can-this-really-be-happening, will-they-win-big-or-lose-everything story, told and acted in a totally compelling way.
Hard to believe it all really did happen.