I read Aaron Ross Sorkin’s absorbing account of September 2008’s Wall Street crash.
It makes no mention of the government’s role in forcing banks to lend to people who were not credit-worthy. The book places the blame for the crash on the free market and the politicians who left it alone.
If only that was the problem.
HBO Films — the Emmy-collecting, moviemaking arm of the cable network — seems to prefer projects that all sound like costume dramas for news junkies who mostly consume media with “New York” in the title: The New Yorker, New York magazine and, of course, the great gray lady herself, where one imagines an HBO movie deal is probably as good as any Pulitzer.
In that spirit, “Too Big to Fail” is the HBO movie version of New York Times financial columnist Andrew Ross Sorkin’s essential book of the same name, a play-by-play retelling of the 2008 economic meltdown. It premieres Monday night to the expectation that, when the right talents are convened, something as complicated as the mortgage bust, the Lehman Brothers collapse and the emergency Troubled Asset Relief Program can be respun into grippingly dramatic gold.