Nothing can bring in a big ensemble cast of actors quite like a political thriller or drama. Whether it be movies like All the President’s Men, or even this year’s Oscar frontrunner, Spotlight. The genre allows the cast to play off of each other in a way that you just can’t seem to replicate anywhere else, and while the films themselves can be hit or miss, it’s hard to tell between the two when they’re usually packed to the brim with all-star actors and actresses.
Like the previously mentioned Spotlight too, there’s another lesser-known film coming out later this year called The Big Short. The film is directed by Adam McKay (Anchorman) and stars Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Brad Pit, and Ryan Gosling, to name a few. It’s an adaptation of the novel by Michael Lewis (who also penned the books behind Moneyball and The Blind Side) and focuses on a group of men who took on the US economy in the 2000s.
The first trailer for The Big Short premiered online earlier today, and gives audiences their first look at the new political drama. Check it out below:
Here’s the film’s official synopsis:
“When four outsiders saw what the big banks, media and government refused to, the global collapse of the economy, they had an idea: The Big Short. Their bold investment leads them into the dark underbelly of modern banking where they must question everyone and everything. Based on the true story and best-selling book by Michael Lewis (The Blind Side, Moneyball), and directed by Adam Mckay (Anchorman, Step Brothers) The Big Short stars Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt.”
The movie definitely looks like it could be a dark horse of this year’s award season, and with a cast like this one, the possibility of it being a success is even higher. However, my only real concern is that I don’t know how well Adam McKay will be able to do in this new genre, considering most of his past career has been in the comedy realm. There were moments in the trailer that didn’t really hit me as well as I think it wanted to, and the large amounts of wigs and makeup was distracting at first.
However, considering how well past adaptations of Lewis’ work have done (Moneyball being one of my all-time favorite films), as well as the movie being selected as the closing film for this year’s AFI Fest – it looks like The Big Short might end up being a surprise entry into this year’s Oscar season. While there are a few things I’m worried about tonally, the cast look like they’re all turning in unique performances for their respective careers, and it might be worth the price of admission just to hear the banter alone.
The Big Short is set to hit limited theatres on December 11th, before expanding wide on December 23rd.
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