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The Big Short is About Greed

Don’t think for a second that I am any kind of financial wizard that can break down all the details of the bubble-busting financial crisis of the mid-2000’s. I actually fell asleep in the movie, The Big Short for just a few minutes, so I am no help in deciphering mortgage deals. When I was awake, the movie was entertaining with lots of comic relief to make up for the fact that if the audience was filled with people who … say… only came to see Ryan Gosling or Brad Pitt; she could laugh in the parts where her idols were absent. In short, no pun intended, the movie was all about greed.

The Big Short is About Greed

The Big Short is a Paramount/Regency film directed by Adam McKay and written by Charles Randolph and Adam McKay. The cast includes Steve Carell, Christian Bale, Brad Pitt, and Ryan Gosling. The book is written by Michael Lewis and is the true story about the collapse of the housing market.

The Big Short is About Greed

 

Because I love Ryan Gosling, I anticipated that I would sit straighter during his time on the screen, but surprisingly, my favorite character was Michael Burry, played by Christian Bale. There were no bad actors in this movie. Even during parts of the plot that I may not have understood, the characters did a great job making a laughing matter out of an economic tragedy.

In keeping with the 2016 theme for Heart for Dixie, I am taking this opportunity to talk about our relationships with money. If for five seconds. we could look back at the Real Estate bubble that created temporary housing for millions of people and see a heart for the homeless or a desire to help our fellowman achieve the American dream; then the story might have ended differently. But, no, it was about corporations making millions. Then, if, like me, you find yourself pulling for the “underdog” in most movies, you would have softly cheered in the darkness of the theatre when Steve Carell’s character finally sells his swaps for a meager umpteen thousand dollars. (Sorry no spoilers here.) But then, the sad realization of what just happened slowly begins to sink in.

The investors who bet against the US Economy may have helped us realize that the mortgage companies were either total morons or crooks; but, in the end the moral of the story is that the rotting green blood pulsing through the veins of America is deadly. Greed destroys.

“There is a very fine line between loving life and being greedy for it.

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