In 2021, when the world just moving out from the COVID-19 lockdown, the stock market was spurred by an unknown investor and Keith “Roaring Kitty” Gill, a YouTuber, and the spike of Reddit’s WallStreetBets forum, tons of amateur traders started to buy shares of GameStop.
Keith Gill had found that big-money hedge funds were squeezing the stock, which means they were betting against the company.
In order to exploit the opportunity and make more money, the investors decided to get behind the brand and drive the price of a stock from $0.4 to $300+.
Suddenly new terms started to trend in the market, such as ‘Diamond Hands’ and ‘HODL’. Soon, the situation was intervened by Washington, Ken Griffin (a hedge fund billionaire), and the dubious CEOs of the trading app Robinhood and it made regular investors very wealthy, at least on paper.
Director Craig Gillespie tried to sum up all the weirdness in the movie by embracing Gill’s suburban life. Gill’s basement laundry room, a little YouTube setup, and a love for frozen chicken tenders, the director tried to keep the set as real as possible.
Paul Dano (Keith Gill) plays the role of both a happy and sad person in the film, decides to invest heavily in GameStop not because he believes in the product but because he has more trust in the power of individual investors over the Wall Street giants who usually prey on normal people, who they usually termed as ‘Dumb Money’.
A robust casting alongside Paul consisting of, Seth Rogen, Vincent D’Onofrio, Shailene Woodley, Nick Offerman, Pete Davidson, and many more gave the screenplay a nice boost to flow.
My take about the film is, that if you understand the economy or stock market, if you have an interest in the stock market, or if you are preparing to park your money there you should watch the movie at least once and gain experience about the insider secrets of the market. Without a base knowledge of the stock market, you may feel bored while watching the movie.