Wonderful French actress Marion Cotillard and Brad Pitt have a new movie. Set in 1942 during the second world war and directed by Robert Zemeckis, at the centre of Allied is the relationship between Marianne Beausejour, a French Resistance Fighter (Cotillard) and Intelligence Officer Max Vatan (Pitt)…
Looks like Mr. and Mrs. Smith (2007) on a higher level and maybe even more badass.
Lizzy Caplan, Matthew Goode, Raffey Cassidy and Charlotte Hope also star.
You’d think that trying to wrap my ‘non-numbers oriented’ head around the financial market speak of The Big Short might be the hardest thing about the movie. That would be incorrect. I’m afraid having to endure the musical tastes of Michael Burry, Christian Bale’s eccentric character proved far more challenging.
Burry’s penchant for heavy metal aside, the story about the men who saw the credit and housing bubble collapse coming – and proceeded to profit from it is one I enjoyed quite a bit. The narrative structure, dialogue, pace, editing and performances all came together beautifully. Steve Carell was particularly entertaining as Mark Baum. A performance I see as a great follow-up to his notable work in Foxcatcher (2014).
LikeThe Wolf Of Wall Street (2013), the Wall Street setting of the The Big Short, is very much a boys club and from such situations often come the opportunity for rather entertaining banter, hence my appreciation for the film’s dialogue.
Director, Adam McKay’s film didn’t teach me anything new in terms of how the world works. What it did do is remind me that it pays to have a good understanding of the reality of the bank’s priorities and what that can come to mean for the average person.
Some people have called The Big Short depressing. The reality the film deals with isn’t the kind of news that’ll make your day. However, there’s humour here and the information within the movie, plus its creative execution makes the experience worthwhile.
The Big Short is based on a book of the same name by Michael Lewis. Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell, Brad Pitt and Christian Bale are the main stars.
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie Pitt are in a movie together. The film is written/ directed by Angelina and they’re playing a couple in crisis…
I’m a tad late in writing about this movie. Reason being, I was disappointed that the trailer didn’t have me more excited. Upon reflection though, I think my lack of excitement may have been because I’ve seen some exceptionally thrilling trailers this summer, and By The Sea is a complete change of pace.
It could also be the case that the trailer simply doesn’t excite me. Further still,I may also be afraid I won’t enjoy watching a real life couple (that I admire) playing a couple who are clearly in trouble. It’s just too close to a worst case scenario that I don’t really want to contemplate.
I write all that to say that had the same trailer been released, but with Angelina and a different actor or Brad and a different actress, would I have the same reservations? I’m thinking probably not.
I’ll still definitely watch, of course.
Release Dates: November 13th 2015 (U.S.), December 11th 2015 (U.K.)
Brad Pitt isn’t the only big name star in Snatch (2000), Guy Ritchies follow up to Lock Stock & Two Smoking Barrels (1998). Benicio Del Toro and Dennis Farina make two more very welcome stateside additions.
Snatch is a fun British gangster film with fast, witty dialogue delivered by engaging characters. To reference just three, a ‘dodgy Russian’, loud Jewish American and a bunch of well organised Irish Gypsies. You can expect plenty including clever antics, a few not so clever, but very entertaining antics and some ‘healthy’ double crossing for good measure.
Snatch and Lock Stock have been criticised for being all surface and no substance. That may be true to a degree, but sometimes surface is exactly what you need. What ever you decide, I’ll promise you this, you won’t feel anywhere near as cheated as you probably did after watching the last two instalments of the Hangover (2009) trilogy. Believe me!
Watch it if only to see Brad Pitt’s interpretation of a version of the Irish accent and Benicio Del Toro being brilliant and as effortlessly cool as always. Did I already say that the last 20 minutes is super?