How do you bring attention to a powerful and informative book? Turn it into a movie; that is exactly writer Peter Gould and Director Curtis Hanson did. ‘Too Big To Fail’ the HBO Movie is set to premier tonight at 9 p.m Eastern and Pacific, 8 p.m. Central.
Based on the 2009 book by New York Times reporter Andrew Sorkin, ‘Too Big To Fail’ gives viewers a front seat to a behind-the-scenes account of what actually happened behind one of the greatest financial crisis our country has ever faced.
The star-studded cast includes; Paul Giamatti as Ben Bernanke, Topher Grace as Jim Wilkinson and Cynthia Nixon as Michele Davis just to name a few. If you have not yet seen the trailer here is the HBO video:
Preliminary reviews of the movie say that it is an extremely accurate portrayal of the events that led up to the 2008 collapse of the market—not necessarily a good thing according to some. Creating a suspenseful drama out of financial history is not an easy task, especially for a HBO audience used to large productions, plot twists and every other trick in the book when it comes to edge-of-your-seat suspense.
Matthew Gilbert, writer for boston.com says, “The script, by “Breaking Bad’’ writer Peter Gould, is too often forced. Each time a character talks to another in “Too Big to Fail,’’ he is also trying to explain the US financial system to viewers.”
New York Times reporter, Michael Kinsley, also had a similar complaint, “When Cynthia Nixon of “Sex and the City,” here playing the Treasury Department’s head of public affairs, asks, “What should I tell the press?,” the movie stops for several minutes so that all the men in the room can explain things to the only woman (and to us).”
When it comes down to it, the financial crisis may not be an action-heavy, suspenseful part of our nations history, but it was an important period. Three years later, our nation is still reeling from the recession while attempting to recover. “Too Big To Fail” the book on the other hand has gotten rave revues all over the news and internet.