*Spoilers however this is a true story
In this The Big Short (2015)-esque dramedy based on the Mossack Fonseca scandal, a cast of characters investigate an insurance fraud, chasing leads to a pair of a flamboyant Panama City law partners exploiting the world’s financial system.
What an interesting movie this turned out to be when I sat down on my couch to watch it. Of course, that is because The Laundromat is one of Netflix first prestige movies of this year. They have massive movies coming in Dolemite is My Name, The Irishman, and Marriage Story coming soon. The director of this movie Steven Soderbergh is also been a great partner to Netflix as this is the second movie this year he has put out on the platform.
Soderbergh is a master of trying new ideas in his movies. Be it, filming entire movies with cell phones, non linear storytelling, or utilizing the Adam McKay style of filmmaking like he did with The Laundromat. In this movie we get to see Meryl Streep’s Ellen Martin uncover a major fraud in Panama involving two lawyers played by Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas. What makes like this like The Big Short is the fact that movie with cut to the two of them and they will explain a high concept fact about loans but they will be explaining it while sipping martinis in the desert.
They both are having so much fun it is easy to forget their characters are technically the villains of the story. But the movie just takes you on a journey through different characters their fraud is affecting and it is fun to see all the different cameos. People like David Schwimmer, Will Forte, Jeffrey Wright, Chris Parnell, and Sharon Freaking Stone all show up throughout the movie in different roles.
Stock Neutral – Meryl Streep and I will let Cam from Modern Family explain this one.
Stock Up – Steven Soderbergh you may think is past his prime, but he has put out 4 quality movies in the last 2 years and no filmmaker makes it look easier. So I have so much respect for this guy.
*A couple other tidbits
- Jeffrey Wrights gray hair was an all time look in this.
- Weird seeing Melissa Rauch in something other than The Big Bang Theory
The movie is a mess at some points but Soderbergh just has so much style it really is fun to watch the story play out. And its a 90 minute Netflix movie, so no excuses there either.
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