Vice, writer /director Adam McKay’s biography of Dick Cheney (Christian Bale), the most powerful Vice President in history is a movie I both enjoyed and did not enjoy.
The parts I found least engaging were the moments that explained the ins and outs of the White House and / or American politics during Cheney’s time as VP. It’s quite unfortunate because I’d actually hoped that Vice would be a movie that caught me up on some of America’s political history. It turns out that the way McKay’s story is told just didn’t hold my attention the way I’d hoped it would.
The parts that did have me most engaged were the moments that revealed Cheney’s character and emotional journey. Especially as he grew into a successful man. To put it another way, I liked the parts that revealed Cheney’s heart, the character study rather than the political details of his operations post 9/11.
Where his wife Lynn Cheney (Amy Adams) is concerned, even though I may not agree with much of what she stands for, it was great to see a strong, confident woman speaking up for herself and taking charge of her destiny.
In addition to the great performances by Bale, Adams, Steve Carell, and Sam Rockwell, I also want to congratulate the makeup and prosthetics team for a job well done. I was most impressed by the transformation of Rockwell into George W. Bush.
As for the all important question of whether Vice is worth your time… if politics, American politics in particular is especially interesting to you, perhaps give it a go. I can’t guarantee that you’ll like the way McKay chose to tell this tory but you may enjoy the content. I myself probably would have stopped watching Vice long before the end if I wasn’t such a big fan of Bale and Adams.
Written / directed by Adam Mckay, Vice is the story of Dick Cheney, the most powerful Vice President in history, and how his policies changed the world as we know it.
Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steven Carell and Sam Rockwell are among the key cast.
I’m certainly happy to let this brilliant cast teach me some things about American / World history. I actually didn’t realise how much I’d missed watching a Christian Bale movie until this trailer.
It’s true that I’d have liked to see Bale’s everyday face but then he wouldn’t be playing this character. I’ll be remedying the situation by rewatching America Psycho (2000) and /or restarting the best Batman movies ever made, in my humble opinion.
Alison Pill, Jesse Plemons, Tyler Perry, Shea Whigham, Eddie Marsan, Lily Rabe and LisaGay Hamilton also star.
Featuring Leonardo DiCaprio, Cate Blanchett, Martin Scorsese, Christian Bale and Tom Hanks – to name just a few; Spielberg is a new Susan Lacy directed documentary about the highly respected director Steven Spielberg’s career…
I’ll watch to learn more about Spielberg. I also just want to listen to a bunch of my favourite filmmakers talk about movies.
Starring Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, Ben Foster and Peter Mulan, Hostiles tells the story of what happened when in 1892, a legendary Army captain reluctantly agreed to escort a Cheyenne chief and his family through dangerous territory…
The brilliance that is Mr. Bale is the reason I’m tuning in. He embodies such screen presence, charisma and that’s before he even says a single word.
Directed by Scott Cooper; Jesse Plemons, Stephen Lang, Paul Anderson and Q’orianka Kilcher also star.
Starring Christian Bale, Oscar Isaac and Charlotte Le Bon, the backdrop of The Promise is the last days of the Ottoman Empire/ the Armenian genocide. The heart of the movie is a love triangle – one between the beautiful, sophisticated Ana, a renowned American journalist and a brilliant medical student…
I’m curious about The Promise mostly because of the talented Mr Bale but also because of the controversy surrounding the subject matter, the Armenian Genocide. At time of writing, The Promise hasn’t even been properly released yet except at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival on September 11th; yet it has a very poor IMDB score of 1.8 out of 10, the lowest I’ve ever seen on the site. I refuse to believe that Christian Bale would choose to be in a movie as terrible as the score suggests. Unfortunately, I can’t quite say the same for Oscar Isaac – on account of Mojave (2015). I digress. My guess is that those opposing the movie for political reasons have decided to do what they can to deter others from seeing it. If that’s the case, time will tell how well that’s going to work.
You’d think that trying to wrap my ‘non-numbers oriented’ head around the financial market speak of The Big Short might be the hardest thing about the movie. That would be incorrect. I’m afraid having to endure the musical tastes of Michael Burry, Christian Bale’s eccentric character proved far more challenging.
Burry’s penchant for heavy metal aside, the story about the men who saw the credit and housing bubble collapse coming – and proceeded to profit from it is one I enjoyed quite a bit. The narrative structure, dialogue, pace, editing and performances all came together beautifully. Steve Carell was particularly entertaining as Mark Baum. A performance I see as a great follow-up to his notable work in Foxcatcher (2014).
LikeThe Wolf Of Wall Street (2013), the Wall Street setting of the The Big Short, is very much a boys club and from such situations often come the opportunity for rather entertaining banter, hence my appreciation for the film’s dialogue.
Director, Adam McKay’s film didn’t teach me anything new in terms of how the world works. What it did do is remind me that it pays to have a good understanding of the reality of the bank’s priorities and what that can come to mean for the average person.
Some people have called The Big Short depressing. The reality the film deals with isn’t the kind of news that’ll make your day. However, there’s humour here and the information within the movie, plus its creative execution makes the experience worthwhile.
The Big Short is based on a book of the same name by Michael Lewis. Ryan Gosling, Steve Carell, Brad Pitt and Christian Bale are the main stars.