While I'll always turn up for a good superhero yarn or a comedy that plays to my childhood geek nostalgia, I'm also a sucker for the more mature fare that makes its way into theaters as the weather turns colder. Last week we got a good taste of Clooney's foray into the campaign world, and now we get a peek behind the financial curtain. If you're sick and tired of watching Congress screw up the economy on TV, then take a break and watch how investment bankers did it three years ago.
Cast looks like a nice mix of elder statesmen (Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Irons, Stanley Tucci) and young guns with something to prove (Penn Badgely, and to a lesser extent Zachary Quinto). The trailer is somewhat oblique in that clearly SOMETHING is about to go horribly wrong, but the dialogue is so non-specific it feels like it could be anything really. Investment banking was never all that easy to explain in layman's terms to begin with, so I'm curious to see just how far into the nitty gritty writer director JC Chandor really delves. While no one wants to watch two hours of balance sheets on film, I'm not sure if I can handle a whole movie of Spacey and Quinto tap-dancing around having to use any scary numbers to explain what the hell is happening. Still, I applaud the ambition of taking on an adult subject and going for it (seemingly) with gusto.