The Big Short ★★★★

The film’s regular fourth wall transgressions that intend to demystify credit bubbles and CDOs or whatever else didn’t quite clarify exactly what’s going on for me, but nevertheless this is a film that’s transparently cognizant of the viewer’s level of interest, checking in every now in then in case one of us is nodding off. It’s this tactic that I really admire, and a film that purposefully solicits participation because McKay & Co. intend to educate under the guise of entertainment, and they clearly give a shit about what they’re saying and think we should, too. I’m only marginally more educated than before, but this movie is like an indefatigably charismatic Principles of Macroeconomics teacher.