the big short – big on story, short on camera focus

The Big Short is a docu-comedy-drama. It’s based on the book of the same name by Michael Lewis about the financial crisis of 2007 with the housing market. The film is directed and co-written by Adam McKay and stars; Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt.

The good; everyone in this movie does a great job. You believe that the actors are those people. What’s also worth pointing out is that there isn’t a traditional “bad guy” in this film. You don’t notice it while you’re watching, that’s a job well done.

The movie does a good job of breaking down what’s going on and why it’s bad, albeit in a funny 4th-wall type of way, but an entertaining way nonetheless. Adam McKay does a great job directing this drama, you may know him from his previous films; Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Step Brothers, The Other Guys… it’s nice to see him tackle a new genre and grow as a director.

The bad; the cinematography… I’m pretty tolerant when it comes to the hand held shakey cam… but not since Cloverfield has a film looked so nauseating. The movie didn’t need this cinema-vérité/documentary style for two hours and ten minutes. The story was compelling enough to keep me engaged.

Also, not sure everyone needed their hair to be so different. Whether it was a wig or some other non-natural thing place on the actors’ heads, it was distracting. It’s not like we know what these people look like in real life, they weren’t portraying former Presidents or heads of state, the hair styles didn’t matter.

Overall, watch it on the small screen. The shakey cam nausea will be diminished on the small screen. Good job McKay, you stepped out of your comfort zone and made a different film, just wish you cinematographer had a tri-pod and a focus puller, but you made a good film. Looking forward to what you do next.

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