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Vice surrounds Dick Cheney (Christian Bale) throughout his young life to his Vice Presidency under George W. Bush (Sam Rockwell).

Vice is an interesting film to say the least. The film leans towards the left side of the political sphere and is very anti-Cheney. It’s not your typical biopic, but some of the elements McKay uses in the film clash together and, at times, it feels like the movie doesn’t know what it wants to be.

However, Christian Bale totally disappears into the role of Dick Cheney. He is virtually unrecognizable here and just reaffirms that Bale is one of the greatest actors out there. He is the reason that you go see the film. Amy Adams also gives a fine performance as Lynne Cheney as does Sam Rockwell as George W. Bush.

As said above, the director, Adam McKay, makes some weird editing decisions right from the get-go with the movie beginning with Cheney in college then flashing forward to 9/11 then starts the opening credits and goes back to college Cheney. The pacing and flow of the film suffers from it and caused me some trouble getting into the movie. The ending, for example, did not work for me at all. Though some comedic sequences work really well in the film.

I also personally know nothing about Dick Cheney so it was interesting to see him play the long game and weasel his way to the top. The film explores some backstory with Cheney regarding his family that added some complexity to the character which I didn’t expect. Though I did feel it took a little too long to see him become the “Vice”.

I give Vice a C.

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