Movie Review: The Big Short (NC16)
Adam McKay isn't one you would associate with the Oscars.
But the director of comedies like Anchorman and The Other Guys has been nominated for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay for this.
The Big Short, also nominated for Best Picture, tells of how a handful of misfits (played brilliantly by Christian Bale, Steve Carell and Ryan Gosling) foresaw the economic meltdown of 2008 and profited from it.
It is as implausible as it gets, but it's all true - as stressed by Gosling's character a number of times.
McKay even enlisted celebrity cameos from Selena Gomez, Anthony Bourdain and Margot Robbie to explain the financial mumbo jumbo and how the protagonists' financial judgments are all factual.
Not that it matters to us.
What makes this acidic dramedy stand out is that it was brutally honest about the whole fiasco and didn't attempt to gloss over any of it.