The plot of this film can be described in two ways. There's a complex version where I discuss all the ins and outs of why these characters are doing the things they're doing, or there's a simple version, which is the one I'm about to tell you. Let me just say, this plot sounds very simple and lacking in any sort of depth, but when you see the film, you'll know it's the exact opposite. They're going to throw so much plot at you that you won't know what to do with it. But anyway, The Big Short follows the story of Michael Burry (Christian Bale), Mark Baum (Steve Carell) and Jared Vennett (Ryan Gosling). The three of them are sick and tired of the ways the bank scams people and so, when an opportunity to make money off of the bank's mistakes arrises, they take it.
This film is directed by Adam McKay, a director typically known for making goofball comedies, including Anchorman and Step Brothers. The Big Short is McKay's first serious movie, and to my surprise, he nails it. The screenplay is a little crowded, but his direction is wonderful, transitioning really well from comedy to drama and getting his name out there as a more serious director. There's moments of comedy, sure, but it's safe to say this film isn't all giggles. His only flaw in direction is his use of the camera. It's not bad, per say, but it's constantly flying all over the place, never sure what it wants to be doing. There are some good shots and there are also some terrible shots.
To sum up, The Big Short is an information overload with hit and miss cinematography, although the performances are all great and Adam McKay made a smooth transition from comedy to drama. I'm not sure exactly what went on, but I am sure that I had fun with it.