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The Big Short Review (2015)

Can we ever forget the big bad ugly “Great Recession”? Just when you were trying real hard to forget, bam! comes The Big Short, forcing you to relive the pain again. But wait! Don’t be fooled just yet. It isn’t like any other mainstream movie, or a drama to focus on the severity the great fall brought along, or the lives it uprooted, or the devastating aftermath it brought along with the punishing tide, rather a prequel to how some geniuses had envisaged the collapse way before, and decided to swim across.

Adam McKay packs in an excellent exposition to depict the players of The Big Short, with Ryan Gosling as Jared Venett, the guy with exceptional presentation skills (yes watch out for that bit!), Christian Bale as Michael Burry, the autistic polymath who was the first one to figure it all out, Steve Carell as Mark Baum, the lunatic front-runner to milk out the mortgage shortcomings, Brad Pitt as Ben Rickert, the laconic beast-banker who mentored Charlie Geller and Jamie Shipley played by John Magaro and Finn Wittrock to bet against the dwindling housing market. McKay’s direction is one of a kind, as he slams frames mid-way to not focus on apparent conversations. He steers in its comic factor by asking characters to look at the camera mid-way for emphasis. Occasionally playing recorded video frames to make it all look more appealing. You can almost perceive the effort he has put in to break down the gorgeous Michael Lewis book.

“You know what I hate about fucking banking? It reduces people to numbers.”

Screenplay of the movie is extraordinary. There are so many words selected from profound areas that fill in the voids of sentience. Dramatic bits in the movie are just so right, that you always feel connected with the adrenaline vibe. There are so many banking terms incorporated in the flick expounded in laymen terms by renowned personalities like Margot Robbie, Anthony Bourdain, Selena Gomez and Richard Thaler that make things easy to gobble.

The moment the flick reaches its climax, you know what’s coming, but you still end up with a feeling of satisfaction for those who managed to milk the Great depressing cow with a smug face that barely read “We told you so!”

The fact that it isn’t confined to just one perspective drives home its enthralling factor. The story of the people, who saw the monster coming from a distance, makes you want to plunge in the bandwagon too, but alas the procession is long gone and recession pervades. It gives you a sense of contentment to see the hefty checks protagonists managed to weave out of a disaster. It is inspirational in a way and makes you want to get instant rich too. Well, you can do that! Just be a genius and watch out for such loopholes in the system.

Ant-Man Review (2015)

Marvel hardly fails to marvel. Ant-Man was always on the cards, and when the time came to epitomize the superhero, they were successful in delivering it quite brilliantly. Peyton Reed wraps up a beauty of a superhero from the squad of superheroes to help Marvel climb another successful ladder of spinoffs. Now we wait for him to enter the circle of trust and append Avengers.

The plot of the movie keeps you constantly riveted. What makes it further entertaining is some good comedy grated by Michael Pena depicted brilliantly by Reed. Michael Douglas is great as Pym. So is Corey Stoll as Yellowjacket. Paul Rudd is fantastic and apt for the role of Scott Lang. Choice of Evangeline Lilly for Hope couldn’t have been better.


At times you feel the thrill of going ant-size, should have been properly manifested. Also, the movie would have looked much better with a little intensity. Scott agreeing to don the suit for his daughter, and the entire Pym coaxing prep talk seems a little far-fetched. Also, the bit in the quantum realm could have done great with a little bit of time ripples. But then again we are talking comics here! Let it just be entertaining.

One of the most beautiful things about the Marvel cinematic universe is that they have been able to create, relate and link everything to one common ground and it goes on like a TV series. So even if you feel a movie is a little bland, there are enough Easter eggs to root you back into it.

There are two end credit scenes to the movie that hints things are going big in the next flick of the Marvel franchise. Don’t miss those!