Sometimes two is better than one
The wife and I decided to have a mini-marathon last night, when we caught both Joy and The Big Short at our closest moviecineramadome. I'm not going to do full-on reviews for either movie because c'mon... what do I know? But I will say this:
Joy is like a grown-up fairy tale. Some of the tropes are there, but it also tends to flip the narrative on you when you least expect it. Other than a couple of fantasy sequences, his is pretty earthy, earnest stuff. I had a good time, and it's always great to see Jennifer Lawrence act (she's amazing in this), but the ads are all over the bloody place, so it's hard to know what kind of movie you're going in to. There are a few laughs, but it's a serious adult drama.
The Big Short also does a bit of a flip about half-way through, when it turns from a comedy to a horror movie. Not gore, horror, for how thoroughly and utterly fucked so many people were by the sub-prime mortgage collapse of the late aughts. Everyone keeps the movie chugging along in a cheery manner, there are laughs and swears aplenty, but at the end of the day, this is scary stuff. And there's a sequence early in the movie that has been shown on some talk shows (so stick your spoiler complaint) where a character breaks down the reality: most folks don't know, or care, what's going on. That through-line lingered in the back of my mind the whole rest of the movie. One note of warning: there's a LOT of content in this movie, and I had a hard time keeping track of it, and I'm no dummy.
So those are my thoughts about Joy and The Big Short. Do you need to see either of them in a theatre? That I'm not too sure about, but it was a lovely evening out with my better half, so either one (or both) should be a good pick for you and yours!