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The Big Short (2015) Film Review | 100 Day Film Challenge – Day 73

 The Big Short is definitely a unique film. Focusing on the housing bubble collapse of the 2000’s, the film centers on three men: Michael Burry (Christian Bale), Mark Baum (Steve Carell), and Jared Vennett (Ryan Gosling). They’re all excellent in their roles, and I adored the celebrity cameos (Margot Robbie, Selena Gomez, Brad Pitt, and Anthony Bourdain, to name a few).

The editing of the film is very distinctive. There are TONS of cuts, and images frantically flash before your eyes in slideshows. The camera also pans in on character’s face, and sometimes even has the actors looking straight into the lens. There is also some fourth-wall breaking dialogue that I enjoyed as well.

 The Big Short is a very accessible film, breaking down the terminology into layman’s terms. Even with these aids, though, I sometimes felt bored. There’s only so much excitement in a film chronicling financial downfall and Wall Street.

This is an excellently acted, uniquely shot film that is accessible for everyone. It’s good, but does have boring moments. It’s not something I would personally rewatch, but I enjoyed it.

Verdict: 4/5

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