Pardon me if I don't get too excited about this film right away. Actually, call me cautiously optimistic at this point, only because I do love the cast so far. Today it was announced that director Adam McKay's upcoming film, THE BIG SHORT, will star Christian Bale, Steve Carrell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, as well as Melissa Leo and Marisa Tomei. Awesome lineup, right?
But here's the thing. It's Adam McKay, who brought us Anchorman, Stepbrothers and The Other Guys--three films I can't even get through (I am okay with being in the minority on this). So obviously I'm not too geeked to check out this new film, which McKay also wrote. Even the synopsis is very meh to me:
“THE BIG SHORT” is the remarkable true story of the genius contrarian investors who, recognizing just how insane the housing bubble had become, figured out how to “short” the market prior to the financial collapse of 2008.
It's just not compelling, not even as a comedy (though my Spidey senses tell me that this might turn out to be along the lines of an American Hustle kind of thing...Take from that what you will). So a couple of guys (okay, maybe Leo and Tomei's characters get wrapped up in this somehow) stumble upon a housing scheme which pays off for them big time. So what?
Ugh, maybe it will be more than that. With this cast, I could only hope McKay puts them to good use. Production has already begun in New Orleans. I'll share more as I learn more.