Vice is the new film by Adam McKay, director and screenwriter of “The Big Short”. In this new biographical film he talks about Dick Cheney, vice president of the Bush administration, famous for being the most powerful veep of all time, as well as one of the least loved politicians in history. Here is the review.
Vice is a satire that, in my opinion, gets better with the development of the film. The film begins with September 11 and then shows almost everything in flashback to tell us all the political life of Cheney up, in fact, to 11 September and then arrive almost to the present day.
Precisely for this reason the satirical element is late in coming, but becomes stronger as the film progresses. And I liked this very much.
Along with this satire there is also a dramatic and critical element and mix well. McKay’s screenplay manages to summon the life of Cheney, a critique of American politics, a criticism of the Americans and, in order not to miss anything, he ironizes them all. But it’s a subtle irony. It is not a film that makes you laugh with laughter, because that is not the purpose of satire. It has another, that is using irony to invite reflection.
And that’s why I invite you to watch this movie. Because Vice shows us what can happen when incompetent and ignorant people are in power, and how they get there, more. I would say that it is a current topic more than ever.
I really liked the ending, where we see a break of the fourth wall and there is a great dialogue. And I also loved the post-credit scene, which is funny and teases the same film. So stay for the credits.
I did not like the use of the narrator. In itself the idea of the narrator – or his identity – is pretty, almost brilliant I would dare to say, but there are whole parts where he talks a lot. I hate pretty much the explanations and in this film there are many. I would have preferred that he spoke less and that we could see more. Fortunately, in the second part he is much less present.
The film is not surprisingly filmed. If I have to see McKay’s directing in Vice and in The Big Short, the latter wins absolutely. In my opinion, McKay was a bit confused. He wanted to do too much trying to put too many directorial styles in a single film and it didn’t work so much that he uses fading very often when the tones change, a choice that I absolutely do not agree with.
The technical department is very good. An excellent make up (Bale was unrecognizable), an editing that did what it could and beautiful production designs.
The real strength of the film lies in the cast. The best Bale I have ever seen, an Amy Adams as good as ever, an extraordinary Sam Rockwell, Steve Carell who gives us his best performance since Foxcatcher, Tyler Perry who plays well in a dramatic role. Exceptional cast that has greatly elevated the quality of the film.
Vice is a film to be seen more for the purpose than for its real cinematic success, which however is not poor, but average.
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