Vice, 8/10, is a startling depiction of one man’s thirst for power and how the decision he made shaped the country and the globe in ways we still feel today. The director, Adam McKay, brings us a shockingly comical insight into the rise and fall of Vice President, Dick Cheney. A performance which is portrayed on perfectly by the incredible Christian Bale. Through this, we are able to see how one man pulled the puppet master strings on the White House. American history certainly isn’t my forte although when this film was advertised, I was hooked and keen to see it from the off. As Odeon’s latest Screen Unseen release, I am pleased to say the film fulfilled all the expectations set out from the trailer.
Although Vice focuses on Cheney, it would be unfair to push all of America’s problems onto one man; even though it would perhaps seem he’s majorly to blame. Of course, it is unsurprising to discover the White House is ridden with corruption however director Adam McKay has managed to blend the hard-hitting truth and a comedic spin perfectly which makes Vice all the more more comprehendible for the audience to digest.
Christian Bale gives a performance like no other – one that, at times, makes you completely forget it is Bale himself. But it wouldn’t be fair to comment solely on one man’s performance without commenting on the power house performance from Amy Adams who plays Bale’s onscreen wife and childhood sweetheart Lynne Cheney.
My personal opinion is that the film could have minimised on the jarring invasive snapshots that occur throughout. Sometimes, they were relevant and sometimes seemed to be there for being there’s sake. Less is more and it only started to bury a brilliant film in unnecessary fillers. There is innovative film making here from Adam McKay as he moves forward from his work on Anchorman and The Other Guys and onto the likes of The Big Short. Vice is no exception to his stylistic transition as he delivers another remarkable example of the drama and comedic duality. One that when executed well is both educational and throughly entertaining. What more could you ask for? Be sure to check this movie out upon its release.
Entertainment (of its Genre): 8/10
Overall rating….. 8/10