THE BIG SHORT ★★★★

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - SEVEN DAYS | FILM - TB

Di­rected by Adam McKay. Star­ring Chris­tian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, Marisa Tomei

Un­ex­pect­edly en­ter­tain­ing trans­la­tion of Michael Lewis’s anal­y­sis of the cuckoo-ba­nanas mort­gage- and credit-swap­ping bo­nanza that led to the US fi­nan­cial cri­sis of 200710. Writer-di­rec­tor McKay has crafted an au­da­cious, grip­ping screen­play from what ought to have been un­wieldy ma­te­rial. The ac­tors spread much brim­stone as they in­habit their cyn­i­cal char­ac­ters. It’s a shame the women are so un­der­used. 15A cert, gen re­lease, 130 min

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