Watch it and weep

The Big Short

Bad language below. Sorry.

Watch this movie. Watch this comedic face which descends into tragic farce.

Then do your best to make sure they never fucking do it again.

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I wrote the above review on the way home from the cinema.

With a little more perspective (i.e. I’m not on the verge of crying) I can say a bit more about the movie.

In essence, this movie is about the lead up to the Global Financial Crisis of 2008, and about the (very few) people who realized what was happening before it actually did.

In 2008, I was sixteen, and the whole thing went right over my head. There were three things I totally failed to grasp:

  1.  People didn’t lose money in the GFC. They lost jobs, homes, livelihoods, security, and occasionally their lives.
  2. It wasn’t an accident. It wasn’t a natural disaster. It was fraud and malign negligence.
  3. They got away with it.

The Big Short brings those facts home in the cleverest, clearest way possible. It starts out as a comedy, laughing at the ridiculousness of the whole thing. Then you start to feel uneasy, as the crash gets closer and you start to realize what it’s going to mean for people. And finally it ends tragically. It’s the best movie I’ve seen for years. Please watch it.

And one more thing – don’t tell yourself it’s all in the past. It could happen again.

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