Movie Review: Vice

February 24th, 2019

Details from IMDB:

 

Vice (2018)

| | BiographyComedyDrama | 25 December 2018 (USA)
 
7.2/10
38,919
 
The story of Dick Cheney, an unassuming bureaucratic Washington insider, who quietly wielded immense power as Vice President to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today.

Director:

 Adam McKay

Writer:

 Adam McKay

Initial Thoughts:

At first I was sceptical to see this movie. I hadn't heard any great reviews, the rating wasn't high. Then, however, I discovered it was nominated for a bunch of Golden Globes (it won 1) and we decided to go.

Main Points:

I am really glad I changed my mind, this is an excellent (and unusual) film. Christian Bale is excellent (as usual) and I really enjoyed the mixture of deadly serious and comedy. At the beginning of the film they say the film is based on true events but because Cheney is so secretive, they can never be sure of all the details.

We get to see Cheney go from being a big loser, his wife threatening to leave him to being the second (possibly most) powerful person in the US. The film is really about how leaders in the US can easily abuse their power both for personal gain and for profit. How rights, freedoms and lives can be further changed or even snuffed out all in the name of greed and personal power. The movie reminded me of a lot of horrible things that happened during the Bush presidency and how it was all a prelude to what we are facing now in the Trump one. Those who only care about
amassing personal power, wealth and asserting control over others are going to cause great destruction and ultimately make the world a worse place. The movie needed some laughs with it's very dark subject matter and thankfully there were some. It also had the most unique thing I've seen in a movie, a fake ending! The credits even rolled and then stopped with the sound of a phone call, very clever. Amy Adams also does a great job here, as does Steve Carell. I'm always impressed to see a comedic actor take on a very serious role and he does it well here.

Final Thoughts:

A very informative, important and ultimately scary movie if you really think about it. As someone behind me said, "it's like going to school" and yes you can learn a lot from this movie. Stay for a while for a mid-credits scene that brings us right into the present. Absolute power, corrupts absolutely and heaven help us if Trump, or any future US President, really starts to use all the power they wield recklessly. The movie has it's flaws, some of the humor seems out of place and there are a couple of important moments that are never fully explained. I give it a solid 8 out 10 and a strong recommendation. Please don't bring kids to this, due to violence, blood and lots of coarse language ages 17+. Every senior in high school should see this, I'd make it required viewing in many university courses as well. Due yourself a favor and see it while it's still in theaters.