A Week In Film #382: Steady hand

The Big Short title screen
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 title screen
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.

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