The Big Short manages the difficult trick of being absolutely hilarious while at the same time making one deeply afraid and anxious. Obviously a factual comedy about the 2007-2008 financial crisis is going to have that effect, but the film is about more than just a look at the past, it’s also about the present or, more ominously, about how little things have changed since the world’s economy nearly died. That connection to looming trouble in the present might be the thing that gives The Big Short juice with Oscar voters, and so it is that it’s front and center in this new TV spot made for the Oscars voting period. Watch it here now.
Combining clips from the film with informational text, the video first reiterates the effects of the worldwide financial crisis before pointing to evidence that we’re at risk of a repeat crisis. “If we don’t remember the past, we’re doomed to repeat it,” says the spot, before adding “Make a difference,” emphasizing that The Big Short wasn’t just made to entertain, but as a kind of activism. We’ll find out how the film does come February 28 and the 88th Academy Awards.
Directed by Adam McKay and written by McKay and Charles Randolph, The Big Short stars Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt, John Magaro, and Finn Wittrock.