George V. Reilly

Review: The Big Short (film)

The Big Short (film)

We saw The Big Short tonight, which does a creditable job of explaining the basics of the 2008 financial collapse. It’s written as a comedy-drama, which makes it far more watchable and en­ter­tain­ing than a more sober doc­u­men­tary. The infodumps are cleverly handled, often breaking the fourth wall with celebrity explainers. The characters let their anger and outrage at Wall Street fraud­u­lence bleed through oc­ca­sion­al­ly, as well they should. I’m appalled that not only did no one go to jail, but that the too-big-to-fail banks are bigger now than they ever were.


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