HBO's Film of "Too Big to Fail" a Great Cast

So last year I was trying to read Andrew Ross Sorkin’s Too Big to Fail, which I admire much, although I did find it ‘too long to read,’ essentially because my schedule is too busy. It’s all about the financial meltdown in 2008, a behind-the-scenes look at the power brokers (and sleazeballs) in the major investment houses and financial regulatory agencies, such as Hank Paulson, Ben Bernanke, Warren Buffet, and Tim Geithner—at least those are the ‘good’ guys, though I think ‘slightly better’ might be more accurate term. A number of these figures come across as more interesting than you might think, and a number come across as smug capitalist pigs, too. The HBO film of the book recently premiered and is now in numerous timeslots, and it’s a much smaller time commitment to get the same story, though without a lot of the backstory that makes the book worthwhile (and too long). The actors in the film really carry the day: William Hurt, Ed Asner, Paul Giamatti, etc. It’s in the tradition of HBO’s good series of contemporary politico films, like the excellent Recount, about the 2004 election.

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