Vice (R)

Aaaah, the old gang is back together again… Written and directed by Adam McKay,  starring Christian Bale as Dick Cheney, Steve Carell as Donald Rumsfeld (these three did The Big Short (2015) together), and Amy Adams as Lynne Cheney (oddly I couldn’t find a link to her on biography.com. I guess she’s just actually Dick Cheney’s wife/Lady Macbeth), Vice tells the story of Cheney’s rise to power and how he manipulated George W. Bush into allowing him to pretty much act as the President of these United States.

I reluctantly went to see Vice. I get enough of politicians and politics on a daily basis and don’t go to movies to see the same shit I can see any ole time all day long. I’ve reduced my time on social media significantly just recently because people are just annoying with the politics all day. There could be a story about a pony and someone will twist it into something political and a chance to call someone who doesn’t agree with them one of the silly names we seem to have been taught, mastered and overuse. I. Can’t. I don’t want to and I do not have to. I felt the need to disclose that I might be biased toward this film from the jump. There. I’ve admitted it. Let’s move on.

The acting in this movie is great. Bale and Adams shine as this D.C. power couple, methodically manipulating themselves to the top of the political food chain. After watching Vice, I better understand what Bale meant when he thanked the devil for inspiration for this role. Sam Rockwell reminded me of That’s My Bush’s, George W. Bush, where he was just a dupe, a dope and a joke, so I couldn’t stop laughing at him.

The make-up and wardrobe departments deserve the highest praise. Just. Wow! Bale was transformed into a spot on Dick Cheney replica. LisaGay Hamilton made a pretty good Condoleezza Rice (and it was good to see her!). Colin Powell’s makeup was alright, but, unfortunately, Tyler Perry made up to look like anyone but Madea is distracting, (Please don’t ask me why on Colin Powell’s link a picture of Bill Clinton being sworn in appears. I’ve contacted biography so they can fix that. Maybe it’s been fixed by now, I’m not sure. I wrote this review about two weeks ago. And if it is changed, you’re welcome Mr. Powell.)

The directing is adequate. The structure of Vice is similar to that of The Big Short, so it’s not groundbreaking movie making. The writing is okay, but never pulled me in completely – with a few exceptions: when Lynne tells Dick to straighten up; the Shakespeare scene (shout out to my 6th grade English teacher, Miss Garfinkel, whose class was titled, Humanities, and I never really understood why it wasn’t just English), I thought was hilarious despite no one else laughing; the discussion which demonstrated how persuasive Cheney could be was extremely well done; and the reveal at the end was marvelous. For the other hour and 45 minutes I was yawning, stretching, checking the time, nodding off, snacking (on Snap Crisps and they were delicious), etc. I was just another person in a theater watching a movie. There were a couple of other chuckles, a couple of times I was made to jump, which annoyed me at first, but I grew to appreciate jumping because that woke me up and reminded me I was watching this movie. The script was a bit messy and self-indulgent (seriously, with the open mouth eating shot. Why?).

Vice earned 7 bloops out of 10. It is a good movie worth seeing. Although the performances were excellent (Congrats Bale on that well deserved Golden Globe) I wouldn’t say it was a great, don’t miss film because you’d do fine to catch it once it streams, if you’d care to. I’m glad someone demonstrated how someone in power can  and probably did run amok if left unchecked because there seems to be a need to be reminded. I’m no fan of Dick Cheney by any measure, but I would have preferred a more straightforward telling of his story without all the slant, but maybe that’s just me. This hybrid satire/docudrama didn’t do it for me. I don’t know. I guess I’ve lost my humor over politics. It’s really not funny anymore..

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Bloops:

1   =   worst ever, avoid at all cost
2   =   very bad, forget about it!
3   =   poor movie, not recommended
4   =   not good, even for free – NO!
5   =   so-so, worth it if you don’t have to pay
6   =   not bad, could have been better
7   =   good movie, worth seeing
8   =   great movie, don’t miss it!
9   =   excellent movie, a must see!
10 =   a masterpiece, go see it now!

 

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