Rita Di Santo reviews The Big Short, directed by Adam McKay.
Blisteringly funny, smartly assembled, snappily narrated, The Big Short pours salt in the old wound of Wall Street’s 2008 disaster and gleefully rubs it in.
Despite documentaries (Inside Job) and dramas (Margin Call), this remains a subject full of juice. Director Adam McKay switches restlessly between the hedge fund managers and speculators, (Steve Carell, Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, all excellent), who predicted the housing bubble collapse and decided to take on the big banks for their greed and lack of foresight, blitzing the audience with information and outrage – the house always wins in the capitalist casino. Like a frozen tropical cocktail with double vodka, The Big Short is a film that will wake up the most jaded palates, dizzying, but absolutely unforgettable.