The Laundromat

Director: Steven Soderbergh
Year Released: 2019
Rating: 2.0

Lawyers Mossack (Gary Oldman) and Fonseca (Antonio Banderas), who started a financial firm whose main goal was to create tax havens for massive corporations, explain to the audience (snidely) how they were able to pull off such nefariousness, while citing a few examples of how people were screwed out of money (they were eventually busted in the Panama Papers scandal in 2015).  Netflix itself has become the go-to spot for left-leaning agit-prop and this is no exception, and while Soderbergh is doing the right thing in exposing to the general population how the wealthy stay that way (I laughed when I found out that Emma Watson was a client), the manner in which it's laid out is a little screwy - there are three mini-stories (one with Meryl Streep, another with a rich father sleeping with his daughter's roommate and the last one with Matthias Schoenaerts) but they don't do a great job 'explaining' Mossack Fonseca's 'methods,' and Soderbergh has never been good at comedy (droll one-liners, maybe).  Having Streep give a grand speech at the end calling for change is nice, but she has a bit of cash in the bank, doesn't she?