The Big Short is an epic tale of greed, hubris and the fragility of American democracy.
Written by Academy Award-nominated director Oliver Stone, the film is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning book by Michael Lewis, which chronicled his experience as a young investigative reporter.
It follows the rise of the global financial crisis and the subsequent global meltdown that began when Lehman Brothers collapsed in 2008.
A documentary-style film about the crisis has become a favorite of Wall Street pundits.
Critics have said it paints a stark picture of the collapse of American financial institutions and the rise to power of a few elite, well-connected financiers.
The movie also has drawn widespread criticism for its treatment of financial reform, particularly by the Obama administration and Congress.
The financial crisis was caused by too much money in too few hands, and it was partly triggered by an economic recession, experts said.
But many critics have also accused the film of ignoring the plight of the poor and people of color who were devastated by the financial collapse.
One criticism is that Stone has written a film about his experiences at a Wall Street brokerage.
Another criticism is the way the film portrays people of colour.
Critics say the film ignores that the banks that lost their jobs in the crisis were predominantly white and male, and that a significant number of people of African descent and other communities were not part of the financial boom.
But some have said the film has a message about the way in which people of minority backgrounds were excluded from the financial markets.
Some have called it an “eye-opener” about the lack of diversity in the financial industry.
In an interview with the Financial Times, Stone said he was not aware of the controversy surrounding the movie.
He said he wanted the film to be seen as a wake-up call.
“I don’t know who said it or why,” he said.
“It’s certainly not my film, it’s just my take on the events of 2008 and the fact that there are still a lot of stories about it.”
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