The Big Short
Possibly pitched as Wolf Of Wall Street-meets-Margin Call, it’s nice to see previously-fratpack-to-the-core director Adam McKay branching out into something a bit different – here a black comedy about the 2008 global financial crisis. Decent ensemble – Steve Carell, Christian Bale, Ryan Gosling, John Magaro, Finn Wittock, Brad Pitt, Rafe Spall, Hamish Linklater, Adepero Oduye, Jeremy Strong and so on – gives good value, though the meta-moments designed to clarify the technical detail behind the drama suffer from being too knowing. Very, you know, male, too.
The Rack Pack
Less clever than it seemed to be, a sort of Star Stories, Stella Street or Rock Profiles version of the world of snooker in the 70s and 80s, only it’s also trying to be a straight biopic of Alex Higgins (and to a lesser extent of Steve Davis, and lesser still Jimmy White). But great performances – particularly Luke Treadaway, who was one to watch in The Rise. Tone a bit all over the place, but still good work from Brian Welsh.