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|Originaltitel:||The Big Short|
|Laufzeit:||Ca. 131 Min.|
|FSK:||From 6 years|
New York in 2005: Trading on Wall Street is booming, investors are happy. Every day, transactions worth millions are carried out here, especially with real estate products that promise excellent returns with supposedly minimal risk. But for hedge fund manager Michael Burry (Christian Bale) it is clear: the whole thing is a bubble that is about to burst. And when that happens, millions of people will lose their jobs and homes. But blinded by fast money, no one wants to listen to Burry. Burry wants to take advantage of this ignorance. Together with some risk-happy speculators around Trader Mark Baum (Steve Carell) and the Deutsche Bank broker Jared Vennett (Ryan Gosling) he wants to make big money by shorting big investment beacons when the financial markets collapse. At first it looks as if Burry was wrong, but then the disaster begins - and with it also a fight beyond all moral borders…
comedy specialist Adam McKay ("Anchorman") dares to tackle an almost impossible undertaking with "The Big Short": he wants to convey very complex content not only in a way that is understandable to lay people, but also in an entertaining way, without weakening the scope of the event. The viewer should be able to understand how unscrupulously people's lives have been speculated on, but at the same time should also be able to laugh and spend two entertaining hours. On the one hand, the film should excite and stimulate discussion, but on the other hand it should also be fun. A difficult project, which McKay mastered with flying colours.
It would certainly be presumptuous of me now to claim that as a complete layman I would have understood everything about finance, stock market transactions and real estate speculation. Although McKay finds amusing ways to explain some important technical terms - such as actress Margot Robbie in a bubble bath or singer Selena Gomez playing poker - many of the processes are simply too complicated to understand in detail. Nevertheless, the staging succeeds very well in opening up the subject matter to a broad audience and really making it clear to everyone what a monstrosity it was - and that the people in charge have apparently learned nothing from their mistakes.
"The Big Short" is an excellent satire that does not only do justice to its intention to enlighten viewers about an important topic that may have been completely unknown to most people - even if it may have affected them in some way. She also manages to entertain her audience at a high level for over two hours. Carried by an exquisite cast of actors, the script can always unfold its full power. One is carried away by the events, even if one has difficulties to understand all connections. And if you then have to laugh heartily in one moment, it gets stuck in your throat again in the next.
Adam McKay proves that you don't have to serve such fabrics dryly and with serious beer content and that you can convey the right message with a relaxed satirical tone. His film is intelligent, clever and extremely entertaining. And to experience Christian Bale's odd game or Ryan Gosling's wonderful arrogance alone makes the purchase of a cinema ticket worthwhile. But there is a very clear one: Absolutely worth seeing!
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