Dumb Cash opens with a very nonsensical needle drop of Cardi B’s “WAP.” Maybe the filmmakers would argue that the aim of this track is to position us instantly and viscerally in a not-long-forgotten period. We are supposed to recall the peak of pandemic madness, the place all of us had been stuck-ish inside, and folks like Ben Shapiro had the time to learn the “WAP” lyrics and clutch their pearls, whereas we had the time and vitality to check out baking bread, entering into yoga, or, as Dumb Cash suggests was a typical pastime, determining small-scale investments on the Robinhood app.
However I feel “WAP” primarily inexplicably introduces the movie in an try and attempt to persuade us that this film is enjoyable. If Dumb Cash needs one factor, it actually, actually needs to be enjoyable. The movie makes an attempt to create this sense of enjoyable by a form of algorithmic checkbox strategy. There’s Paul Dano in Scorching Matter cat shirts, Seth Rogen as a bumbling wealthy finance dude, limitless meme- and Reddit-based content material montages, and so many oddly-placed 2021 needle drops that it’s nearly bodily painful.
However Dumb Cash’s try and tick off these quirky bins doesn’t make the movie all that enjoyable, not to mention humorous, and it actually doesn’t make the occasions extra fascinating than they had been rather less than three years in the past. Dumb Cash tracks the GameStop inventory brief squeeze. Briefly, a bunch of common joes had been inspired by fellow common joe YouTuber Keith Gill (performed in Dumb Cash by Paul Dano) and Wall Road Bets, a shortly rising subreddit, to buy GameStop inventory and drive up the worth of the corporate’s shares.
Dumb Cash makes an attempt so as to add some depth to the story by contemplating the precise individuals concerned within the brief squeeze — nurses and retail employees and broke faculty college students all of a sudden making far more cash than they’d ever dreamt of. However even I, a not-all-that-financially-savvy lady, might’ve taken a wild guess at what occurred with out watching this film. Some individuals misplaced cash, and a few individuals gained it, and it didn’t end up nice for the large unhealthy hedge fund firms (although, unsurprisingly, it didn’t end up all that unhealthy, both).
Maybe the place the movie is most prone to being critiqued is in its try and characterize the Redditors who made this brief squeeze occur by neighborhood motion and a gaggle refusal to “maintain the road” and never promote shares. I suppose a sure demographic nonetheless writes off Reddit because the social media for sad, imply geeks, however, like most social media platforms, it’s an enormous area with many makes use of for a lot of totally different individuals.
Dumb Cash appears very involved with its viewers pondering of Reddit as an area for incels and dweebs, and spends a lot of its time insisting that ordinary individuals can exist on there, too. One way or the other, the extra Dumb Cash makes an attempt to dispel myths about Reddit and “the little guys” in inventory buying and selling, the extra the movie seems like they’re truly portray these teams with broad strokes. The inclusion of limitless GIFs, memes, and even the IRL deposition that got here after the GameStop brief squeeze make every little thing appear — because the very individuals they’re attempting to make appear heroic would describe — “cringey.” (Apart from, is something that cool and underground if Elon Musk is part of it?)
Dumb Cash’s largest crime goes too broad in nearly all senses — attempting to inform the entire story, in its full timeline, from each attainable perspective, and in a means that shall be universally understood. What about funds, the pandemic, or the Web can presumably be universally understood? Making an attempt to take action leaves us with one thing fairly dumb.
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