“Saints don’t live on Park Avenue.”
I only remember a few things about Adam McKay’s 2010 buddy cop comedy starring Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg. Its opening death scene was hilarious, I don’t think I laughed a single other time after that, and the end credits involved a PowerPoint presentation describing the 2008 Global Financial Crisis. I guess one underwhelming comedy with that it its core wasn’t enough to get his disgust about the GFC out of his system. Because now McKay is back, with a much more grown up and direct take on the issue, with The Big Short.
Michael Burry (Christian Bale) isn’t your typical Wall Street trader. He wears old shorts and t-shirts with no shoes around the office, he listens to classic, thrash metal years Metallica, and he notices things that other traders don’t. Like the fact that the American property market is on the verge of collapse. With property being one of the few sure things in the history of US finance, he finds it hard to convince anyone else of his findings. But one other trader sees the value in Burry’s theory, and soon Jared Vennet (Ryan Gosling) is pursuing the same idea. (more…)