Margin Call: A Review

Now as you know boys and girls, Dick Hollywood normally does favor Genre Flicks over your run of the mill Dramas that Hollywood seems to favor for the most part at Oscar time, but on occasion I will venture out of my comfort zone to view me some Drama Flicks,  especially when they happen to be free! So last week I watched a Press Streaming of a new small Independent Flick called Margin Call,  starring Kevin Spacey, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Irons, Zachary Quinto, Penn Badgley, Simon Baker, Mary McDonnell. With Demi Moore and Stanley Tucci. This very talented and well known ensemble cast of Actors who must have taken pay cuts to get this low-budget flick that they very much believed in made.

Writer/Director J.C. Chandor’s tackles a big and very hot news topic for is first feature, focusing on an Investment Firms first 24hrs of the 2008 financial crisis. Margin Call is a very engaging drama that does not go into much detail about the many reasons of how the financial crisis came about in the first place, but instead focuses on the interpersonal drama of the individuals involved with the discovery that all of the Mortgage trading that had been making many people extremely wealthy, was about fail.

The cast is top notch. Especially good are Kevin Spacey and Jeremy Irons. Irons is smoothly cold hearted as the CEO of the company and Spacey conveys a gamut of emotions as his character struggles with the ramifications of what is asked of him to do in order for the Company to survive. The decisions that the Investment Firm makes will kick off the down slide of the whole economic trading market. Easy decisions for some, not so easy for others, and what is ultimately decided is pretty fucked-up! Since the Flick does not go into great detail about the financial meltdown, I would recommend anyone interested in knowing more ,to watch the Academy Award winning Doc “The Inside Job” along with Michael Moore’s, “Capitalism: A Love Story”.

So, if you are looking for a solid drama with some very good acting,  then I suggest get out and support Margin Call in the theaters. If it is not playing in your town, you can also catch it on VOD, since it was released simultaneously along with it’s limited theatrical release. Well that was not as hard as I thought it would be boys and girls. And now back to our regularly scheduled entertainment of all fuckin’ Flicks of  Horror and Genre!

So Says Dick Hollywood!


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