Lastly, there´┐ 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2(TM)s art to this movie. It´┐ 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2(TM)s not a movie designed to slam the right, though I know many republicans will probably feel this way watching this movie. No- this movie slams Washington. It´┐ 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2(TM)s a movie that tells us we´┐ 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2(TM)re not all that special, Americans are people and like any other people group in this often confusing world, the people we elect have problems. Dick Cheney was one big walking mess. But this is really emphasized well because of the tone this movie strikes. This movie tells us that Washington is about insiders and climbing the ladder. Period. Forget nobility and championing American ideals. No. Washington is about winning and gathering in or consolidating power. And in this respect, this movie is brilliant. It blows the lid off of what all Washington insiders do not want the general public to know. And what is it they don´┐ 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2(TM)t won´┐ 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 1/2(TM)t us knowing? Play the game just right and anyone - regardless how mediocre they are- can make the top, can grab hold of this power.
This film is definitely an unconventional biopic, with its (very) amusing and clever 4th wall breaks; used to explain complicated politics concepts in simple ways, used as metaphors, or to just to keep the audience interested or entertained. This film references a Marvel comics character, it references Shakespeare, it has a narrator who's part is more significant than you think, it even has a fake-out ending after the first 50 minutes. It definitely fooled an elder woman in my audience into thinking it was already over.
Director Adam McKay definitely has something to say, but I'm not sure if he said it or executed it well. This film is designed to make the audience angry, but perhaps to a fault (although there were only 5 other people in my screening). This film is definitely not pulling its punches in how it portrays and criticizes Dick Cheney and the state of modern U.S. politics (from the perspectives of both the politicians and the populace). And there are also moments that could probably be seen as insulting or even condescending towards the audience (depending on your political beliefs). One thing I respect is that McKay definitely has the ambition and balls to make tell this story THIS way (in the LEAST subtle way possible).
Still not sure what to make of this film, but it is definitely an interesting and fascinating film.
I liked The Big Short made by the same writer/director. I actually saw it twice so I thought I'd give this film a shot. I really which I had skipped it.
This film is what is wrong with the country today. It is not historical or accurate at all, it is intentionally divisive. It is made by someone who clearly deeply hates Republican so much he made an intellectually dishonest movie for people filled with so much hate - which (you would have to ask their shrink) they have decided to focus on anything Republican . The premise of the film is that all Republican politicians are power hungry sociopaths - honestly I would more or less agree with that... but it makes it clear that ONLY Republican politicians are power hungry.
There is a scene where Carter moves into the White House and puts up solar panels, then 4 years later Reagan moves into the white house and on day 1 takes them all down. First in 1976 when Carter put them up, all the scientist were in agreement that the Earth was cooling and we were headed towards an ice age. Carter put up the solar panels because of issues with the Middle East and high gas prices... nothing to do with global warming/climate change - but the film implies that was the reason.
At the same point in the film, and I can't recall the exact quite from the narrator, but he say Reagan got elected because Republicans discovered a niche in going after the WHITE conservative vote. In 1980 when Reagan was running, 80% of the population was white, 11 percent black and 9 percent other races. To say that Republicans in 1980 "discovered" the white vote was ridiculous and intellectually dishonest.
Then here we have a movie that is about Dick Cheney yet there are many jabs at Trump in 2019... why? Even a photo of Trump holding piles of cash. Why? The movie is about Cheney.
This movie is for people who are drinking the Kool-aid from politicians, in this case the Democrats. This movie is pure propaganda to fire up the base for 2020. This is not a historical movie. Honestly I feel sorry for anyone who loved or liked this movie. Wake up!
I will close with repeating I am not a fan of Cheney or Bush. I'm a fan of good historical movies. This is not one.
Maybe I just wasn't all that invested in politics enough to know this story, but I found myself very surprised throughout the course of this movie, mainly due to the core focus on Dick Cheney. Vice follows Cheney's rise to power in a very quiet fashion. Having never once been elected President of the United States, his impact on the government was huge. Being an insider who went from bringing people coffee to pretty much running the show for George W. Bush during his Presidency, this story was ripe for exploration. George W. Bush felt obligated to run for President, which in turn made him need a knowledgeable and ambitious person to help him along the way. There are many ways this story could've fallen apart as a feature film, but due to the talent involved, Vice is one of the best of the year.
From Christian Bale delivering a stellar, dedicated performance as always, to Sam Rockwell delivering an offbeat and likable performance as George W. Bush, to the likes of Amy Adams and Steve Carell who've always been likable, Vice is littered with terrific performances. Those performances are expected by these people, but I do believe Adam McKay has something to do with that. Whether it's in his older comedies or his recent dramas, he knows where each of his performer's strengths are and showcases them first and foremost. Even in the slower moments of the film, I found myself incredibly engaged, due to the fact that these performances felt so real. Not only do these performances make this a better film, but this is a screenplay that impressed me quite a bit as well.
Having also been written by Adam McKay, he clearly knew the story he wanted to tell from start to finish. He chose the most interesting period in Dick Cheney's life and went with it. From incredibly weird and interesting choices in terms of where the story starts and stops throughout the course of the movie, I was kind of amazed at how a few scenes didn't crash and burn. Some audiences may find certain choices very strange, but I thought they were experiments that paid off. I can't wait to see what he comes up with as his next project.
In the end, Vice is the kind of film that would jump at the opportunity to be nominated for numerous awards, but it's also one that deserves the recognition it's receiving. Many of the critics seem to be mixed on this particular film, but that actually shocks me. From weird (in a good way) editing choices to bizarre songs choices, Vice is a movie that meshes a lot of elements together to form a film that feels more like an experiment than a finished product, but that experiment just worked for me in nearly every way. I loved watching Vice and I highly recommend it.