The performances were rock solid. The cast did a great job. Most notable was Christain Bale, who played this genius yet socially awkward guy, and Steve Carrel, who yet again proved that he can do more than just comedy roles.
Now the subject which was being covered isn't something that an average person will find interesting. Economics, banking and related stuff with tons of terminologies and jargons and numbers. It could get pretty boring fast. So the movie incorporated various ways to make it all interesting like a fun script that kept things light and quirky, various 4th wall breaking moments, celebrity cameos explaining important terms etc. It all combined together to form an uneven but ultimately an enjoyable experience.
The pacing was often uneven. I was bored in some parts of the film. And the hand holding got a bit too in-your-face at times. I get that they were trying to make things easier for mass audiences but some of the ways incorporated distracted rather than being fun. Also, the movie tried to make this feel more documentary-ish and it ended up being annoying at times, especially the shaky camera work.
The recession of 2008 was a BIG EVENT that effected the whole world and knowing more about it is always something I found interesting. Definitely a good watch, but I do feel it is being overblown in the award season. Kinda feels like this year's American Hustle.