DIRECTOR: J.C. Chandor
NOT A PART OF OUR COLLECTION
May Contain Spoilers!
Will we be adding this to our collection? MAYBE
Inspired by the events on Wall Street at the dawn of the 2007 financial crisis, this fictional story tries to make sense and palatable for a general audience, the complex events of this time. The financial collapse which would ensue over the following year has been felt around the world but Margin Call attempts to demonstrate how a financial nexus, the beating heart of the industry, failed us in just a 24 hour period.
The markets were well on the way towards a meltdown due to bad and outright illegal trading practices have been going on for years, with traders literally printing money for their banks and trading worthless stocks, creating a black-hole within the core of the world’s banking industry.
The film’s Director, J.C. Chandor attempts to explain all this in a way which is not at all patronising but is also some what understandable for us normal folk, though it is shame that this wasn’t penned by someone like Aaron Sorkin, who has a nach for not only explaining these things well but also makes it fun. Here, there is no fun. Here we are given a heavyweight cast, with a heavyweight story but featherweight levels of drama.
I mean, we have Jeremy Irons as the bank’s CEO holding a midnight meeting about saving themselves by sacrificing Wall Street and that still fails to engage me in the way I would have liked. The plot is good, clever and makes its points well but it comes across more like a dramatization rather than a gripping drama.
This should have been a thriller and the cast should have been allowed to shine but instead they just turn up, play a role and present some evidence against the already vilified backing industry. Trial by movie theatre but without the theatrics.
If you are interested in this topic then it is well worth a watch but what could have been a classic drama has been decapitated by a plodding pace and sober tone. A real shame but still in interesting watch none the less.