If you’re a movie buff, don’t book any cinema hall tickets this Sunday, the 19th. Instead, pencil in two hours starting 1 pm or 9 pm on the day in your calendar and curl up in front of your television set. For the big one this month: The Big Short. It’s the India tv premiere of the engrossing biographical Academy Award winning comic drama which will air on Movies NOW at two slots on the same day.
Based on a true story, The Big Short begins when four outsiders see what the big banks, the government and the media have refused to: the global collapse of the economy. And they have an idea: The Big Short. Their bold investment leads them into the dark underbelly of modern banking where they must question everyone and everything. What happens next?
Directed by Adam McKay and written by McKay and Charles Randolph, The Big Short, is a true story of a handful of investors who bet against the US mortgage market in 2006-7.
The film portrays three separate but concurrent stories starring Brad Pitt, Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell and Marisa Tomei, amongst others. Others who star in the film are Brad Pitt, Melissa Leo, Hamish Linklater, John Magaro, Rafe Spall, Jeremy Strong and Finn Wittrock. It is based on the book The Big Short – Inside The Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis, which was about the US housing bubble-based financial crisis of 2007-08.
The Big Short
Of the performances, you will definitely find those by Bale, Gosling and Carrell to be memorable. McKay’s direction and film’s screenplay are other strong points.
The ‘scathingly funny’ film uses celebrity cameos to explain financial concepts – a unique idea from McKay. Some of the cameo appearances include those by chef Anthony Bourdain, singer-songwriter Selena Gomez, actress Margot Robbie, and economist Richard Thaler to explain difficult financial concepts such as collateralized debt obligations and subprime mortgages. In fact, other actors too directly address the audience, and the one who does that most often is Gosling, who is also the film’s narrator.
The film won the Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay in addition to nominations for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (Bale), and Best Film Editing.
Rotten Tomatoes verdict on The Big Short
The Big Short has an 88% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, where the critics’ consensus is: ‘The Big Short approaches a serious, complicated subject with an impressive attention to detail — and manages to deliver a well-acted, scathingly funny indictment of its real-life villains in the bargain.’ And where it’s received an average rating of 4.1/5 from 68,273 user ratings, with 87% giving the film a thumbs-up.
The Big Short: Box office
The Big Short, produced on a budget of $50 million, grossed $70.3 million in the United States and Canada and $63.2 million in other countries for a worldwide total of $133.4 million.
Watch The Big Short for sure on Movies NOW on Sunday the 19th of August at 1 pm or 9 pm.