Thursday, April 22, 2010
The trouble is - they wove a complex tale. There was no hero to route for. While your senses were being bombarded with business terms, facts, figures, and jargon - the story simply lacked anyone or anything redeeming in the end. My personal feeling is that they could have "created" (i.e. taken literary license) a "whistle blower" (which, in reality would not have been that difficult as the real story had the makings of one anyway).
Overall - I (an accountant by trade) loved it, understood it, and appreciated what they had to say. I am guessing that as brilliant as the storytelling efforts were, most people walked out of the theatre confused or angry at a time when the economy is once again in the toilet - hence resurfacing old thoughts of anger, resentment, and ill will towards corporate America in general. At a minimum, some might wonder if Ben Brantley's mutual funds took a nose-dive the day before he reviewed it.