Written and directed by Adam McKay
Starring: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell,
Sam Rockwell, Jesse Plemons, Alison Pill, Tyler Perry, Lisa Gay
Hamilton, Lily Rabe
|Christian Bale stars as Dick Cheney and Amy Adams plays Lynne Cheney in Vice|
Courtesy eOne Films
"Out, vile jelly! Where is thy lustre now?"
Dick Cheney is a villain worthy of Shakespeare. The Bard deftly blended tragedy and comedy to comment upon the rulers of today and while Adam McKay might not be William Shakespeare, he certainly knows how to craft a bad guy. After skewering Wall Street,
the man behind The Big Short
takes aim on the White House and sends audiences
back to the dark ages of the now- second worst administration in the history of the
USA. George “Dubya” Bush is too easy a target though, and has already
been picked apart by movies like the incendiary Fahrenheit 9/11
and the Bush-league Oliver Stone biopic W.
Instead, McKay sets his sights on the
junior Bush’s wingman, Vice President Dick Cheney, played in a deadpan performance
by Christian Bale in a furiously funny film. Cheney is a man of many vices and McKay’s flick portrays him
as a crafty, Machiavellian politician who was really pulling the strings
throughout Bush’s reign of terror. Vice
is an all too relevant satire when yet another idiot is running the show in 2018.