Pssst, want to check out Vice in our new look?
See all comments
I did not like this at all, and I think Dick Cheney is a fucking evil sonofabitch.
This one, on the whole, doesn't really work at all. I mean it does get across that Cheney and the whole Republican establishment are a whole heap of pure evil, but we knew that. Stylistically the filmmaker's favour gimmicks and trickery over anything resembling a cohesive vision, so this is a mish-mash of half-baked stuff attempting to elevate what's otherwise a messy, confused biopic. It fluctuates between tones wildly and unconvincingly, and some of the stunts - like the
mid-film fake-out ending - land with a thud. It simultaneously over-reaches and under-delivers. It undercuts moments of real-life tragedy and atrocity with clunky, cheeky humour, and for all its overt references to devastating consequences of the Bush administration's actions, it never feels like it takes it as seriously as it should.
Aside from some predictably confident performances (although honestly thought Bale was trying too hard), the one thing it has going for it is a sense of righteous anger that these people got away with what they did. But there's undoubtedly a better way to channel that fury than this glib, confused film.
Cheney shot someone in the face and got away with it. When Clinton did that he was impeached.
to see which of your friends have seen this movie!