Four denizens in the world of high-finance predict the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s, and decide to take on the big banks for their greed and lack of foresight. (IMDb)
Nominations: Best Picture, Supporting Actor (Christian Bale), Directing (Adam McKay), Film Editing, and Adapted Screenplay.
So, I’m the first one to admit that I do not understand finance in the slightest. I barely understood Wolf of Wall Street. It’s just not something I can wrap my head around. And while this movie was still over my head, they told me that that was ok, no one knows what the hell finance is about. That’s what I really enjoyed about this movie. The way it just unabashedly shits on the entirety of Wall Street. Even our main characters are not heroes. They’re just smarter than everyone else. If anything, we should dislike them more because they profited on the recession. I give a lot of credit to Adam McKay, who normally makes very different movies, because this one may resonate the most. It’s well acted, it’s funny, it’s also not so funny. (The part when the bubble actually bursts was legitimately scary to me. The mass chaos of it all.) On the funny side of things, I was a big fan of the fourth wall breaks. They were just so well-done. At the end of the day, do I completely understand mortgage bonds? Nope. But did I enjoy this movie? Yes.