The Big Short

The film that made us look for once.

During this movie we spend most of our time inside offices. Grey, dull offices that seem to sum up bankers. The costume is 99% suits. It all starts as we expect a film about banking would. Screen Shot 2017-06-23 at 15.01.30.png

But it is soon apparent that this isn’t just about banking. The very core of this movie is about how distracted we, as the public were. How it was so easy for a handful of people to notice what we were so uninterested in seeing.

At first I was almost disorientated. There’s a lot of movement, a lot of quick, flashing changes of scenes and shots. It all seems to be happening so fast. I thought what Mckay, as the directer did was very clever. Having these confusing flashes of apparently random photos and video clips. These things that distracted us from the crises in the first place, are flashing up before us, getting in our way once again. You get to see the real juxtaposition of what we were doing, and what this small groups of opportunists were up to by having the different situations flash up side by side. We’re not only watching the bankers mistakes, we’re seeing our own- our pure ignorance.

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There are these brilliant moments where we have celebrities explain to us exactly what the banker’s jargon really means. I find them brilliant because it’s yet again making a jab at the public for being more interested in what celebrities have to say, their gossip, than taking note of the real life events that are bringing the world to it’s knees. Maybe if we did have pop stars reading the stock market every morning, people would listen.

The film starts will narration. I think this was necessary. The mood of the movie is very much set by these explosive characters, confusing scenes, and lots of noise. It’s as confusing as we found banking in the first place. But then there’s this voice, somebody to calmly take us through how simple it all us. Somebody to break down the wall the bankers hide behind, and somebody who also ends up breaking down the ‘fourth wall’ (a technique where we as the viewer feel as though we’re looking through one way glass. We see the actors, but they don’t see us).

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