Margin Call manages to put a human face on the current economic crisis—but I wish it was as good as its trailer, which is forceful, well-edited, and dramatically scored. The film itself has many good qualities, and an exceedingly strong cast, but it’s a bit dry.
The setting is a major investment bank in Manhattan, where the story is set in motion by a series of peremptory firings. As risk-management specialist Stanley Tucci is escorted out of the office he gives some information to his protégé, Zachary Quinto (and, curiously, the security guard doesn’t stop him), urging him—
Meryl Streep is a marvel. It’s a joy—and a privilege—to watch her inhabit the character of Julia Child, who was in fact a joyous person. (She’s matched by the wonderful Stanley Tucci, who brings the same level of brio to his performance as Child’s loving husband. Let’s not forget him at Oscar time, folks.) Amy Adams is also a remarkable actress who has the ability to convey...
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