UK release date: 22/1/16
Runtime: 130 minutes
Directed by: Adam McKay
Starring: Christian Bale. Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt
Did you know a 1% rise in unemployment kills 40,000 people? I didn’t, but I do now.
The film’s about the financial crisis of 2007 and I’m sure most people will remember it.
This film is told in a movie like documentary way with Ryan Gosling as out narrator. Basically, Bankers are douches.
It quite often breaks the fourth wall. I’ll admit when the started, I was unsure whether I was going to like the way it went about telling the story.
Now, I think it suited the tone of the film well. The only thing I didn’t like when we had well know people break the fourth wall to inform us about certain technical terms, interview style. I felt like they were saying, you’re really stupid so let me explain this to you.
Despite, it’s, at time humorous approach to the story, it touches on some serious subjects. It’s amazing how unmoral and greedy people can be. I knew about the financial crisis, but to view it as a film shocked me to a new level.
Steve Carell is by far my favourite in this film, not his character, him. I thought his portrayal was so brilliant and he was fully committed to it.
Brad Pitt, despite barely being in the film, was my second, because his character brought it all down to earth and, near the end, said the most memorable thing of the entire film. You’ll know it when you hear it.
The movie gets less light hearted by the end as it finally comes to its climax. The film is worth seeing, just to get a bigger view of what actually happened and you’ll be shocked to the core. The last half an hour is by far the best part of the film.
To sum up, Great acting, Fascinating plot, thought provoking
Was it worth the watch? Yes
Would I re-watch? Yes
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