Monday, February 1, 2016

Movie Reviews: “The Big Short” & “Joy”

   The Big Short
   Rated R

The Big Short documents the real life events that caused the financial collapse of 2007.  Four contrarians foresaw the housing bubble and mortgage collapse and did what had never been done before; they shorted collateralized debt obligation (CDO) bonds.  Financial institutions gladly accepted the shorts, never realizing it would lead to the demise of some of their companies.

While it sounds like a dry topic, The Big Short is a fascinating story about greed and arrogance.  With its quirky characters and off-beat humor, this informative film is a gem!

   Rated PG-13

Joy is the story of Joy Mangano (portrayed by Jennifer Lawrence), inventor of the Miracle Mop and Huggable Hangers.  After cutting her hands on glass by wringing out a conventional mop, the single mom invented a self-wringing mop.  The difficulties she encounters in manufacturing and selling her product are chronicled in this film.

While the topic of Joy may seem a bit dull, this film in anything but boring.  Written and directed by David O. Russell, whose other films include Silver Linings Playbook and American Hustle, this third partnership with Jennifer Lawrence resulted in her outstanding performance as a creative, compassionate and determined woman.

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