The Big Short

February 15, 2016 § Leave a comment

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Porter Collins (second from right) pulls a muscle while yelling at Jared Vennett. The collapse of the sub-prime mortgage market is taking longer than expected and everyone is anxious.

On Sunday I went to watch the Big Short, and I loved it. Surprisingly, it had more moral backbone than I thought it would. When you have scenes like Margot Robbie in a bubble bath explaining what a sub-prime loan is, you can’t expect too much.

So yes, part of me was expecting cash thrown at nude ladies à la Wolf of Wall Street, but – despite Ryan Gosling jumping up and down the whole movie asking if everyone else could ‘smell the money’ – it was quite sobering, and later, rage-inducing.

The movie managed to portray its protagonists (antagonists?) in a genuine way that captures some complexities in their internal struggles. It didn’t portray these people as wrong or cold-blooded. In fact, despite their cynicism, even these people, who bet against the American economy and won, weren’t cynical enough to guess the true damage caused by the sub-prime mortgage market.

Anyone who’s considering giving this movie a go, I highly recommend. It makes the financial crisis crystal clear, but more importantly it makes you feel. You’d think that these guys won against the big banks but at the end of the day, it’s never the big banks that pay, but average Americans. And who gets blamed? Migrants and poor people.

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