Margin Call by J.C. Chandor

Nominated in the Best Original Screenplay category for the Oscar in 2012.

Well paced, made with a pleasant attention to detail. Depicts 24 hours marking the beginning of the credit crunch in 2008. Probably simplified so that non-experts can follow the plot – successfully passing the message on.

Dry, concrete and capably played by the big stars of Hollywood such as Kevin Spacey, Demi Moore, Jeremy Irons.

Eric – one man who seems to be the grey eminence triggering the sequence of dramatic events is a stoic engineer who has no choice but to surrender to the firm’s decisions. There is a lot of giving up by those low on the ladder to those high up. The film ends on a naive note that the top business fish seem to be sharing. Yet the viewer knows there will be no choice for them after the film credits stop scrolling down. We are richer knowing the history.

A very nice work.


Filed under 2011 cinema releases, film reviews

2 responses to “Margin Call by J.C. Chandor

  1. John Edwards

    I also thought “Margin Call” was very powerful. It is by the far the best Wall Street-type film I’ve seen but reminded me more “Glengarry Glen Ross” by David Mamet. As someone who has worked in the topsy-turvy world of investment banking, I think it really exposed the agency problems at the core of the latest round of financial disasters. There’s quite a lot of waffle about Value-at-Risk and people staring blankly at Bloomberg screens at the beginning of the film to get the story rolling but aside from that I thought it was reasonably credible. For me, it also demonstrated that real drama isn’t about Jerry Bruckheimer-style explosions, car chases or people falling off buildings though plate-glass windows – it can be just two people in a room talking. The scene towards the end where Jeremy Irons’ character is eating dinner is absolutely stunning both in terms of writing and acting. Hats off to Mr Chandor.

    • blondoner

      Thanks for that, good to hear it is valid even for a person from ‘the inside’ – only a plus for any film!

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