North Shore Times : January 28th 2016
16 NORTH SHORE TIMES, JANUARY 28, 2016 stuff.co.nz Asplendid,thought-provoking taleof greed I guess you’ve just gotta laugh at the wholesale reckless looting of a nation, right? As evidenced by The Wolf of Wall Street, corporate excesses can make for hilarious cinema, so directorAdamMcKay (Anchorman, The Other Guys) seems a solid fit for this true tale of financial outsiders twigging to the imminent collapse of theUS housing market. There’s a lot more going on with The Big Short though. The laughsmaybe plentiful, but this is asmuch chilling drama as financial farce, and the film’s single biggest triumph lies in making arcane financialmumbo jumbo understandable and watchable. McKay employs all manner of devices in service of the film (and the limits of audience attention spans), from fourth-wall-breaking cameos to editing that unsettles by illogically cutting back and forth in out-of-sync conversations. He’s swinging for the fences in an effort to entertain, educate, and plain f...ing terrify, and while the resultsmaynot be conventional, The Big Short successfully conveys appropriate levels of mania, panic and hilarity, while maintaining a moral standpoint missing from other Wall Street tales. The Big Short’s aided and abetted by superb performances, with Steve Carell in Foxcatcher Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling are among the Hollywood heavy hitters on display in The Big Short. THEBIGSHORT(M) Starring: SteveCarell, ChristianBale, RyanGosling, Brad Pitt Directed by:AdamMcKay 131 mins ★★★★ The laughs may be plentiful, but this is asmuch chilling drama as financial farce. form; Christian Bale going heavy metal method in learninghow to play drums to Pantera’s By Demons Be Driven; and Ryan Gosling embodying salesman slimeball. Don’t let the subject matter put you off, this is a highly entertaining watch that’s full of belly laughs, but will nevertheless see you leaving the cinema feeling uncomfortable about what you’ve just watched. In doing so, McKayhas pulled off a swindle of his own– a splendid, thought-provoking, filmmaking achievement. FROM HAPPY HOMES TO WEEKEND CHILLS Get WITH OUR WEEKLY AUCTIONS VISIT stuff .co.nz/getstuff NZ’s largest website for Over-60s. Discover oversixty.co.nz today!
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