Annapurna Pictures | Release Date: December 25, 2018
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imthenoobJan 7, 2019
Bale carries the movie, Simple as that. He does a fantastic job as Chaney but Vice just fails to impress. It's a very straight-forward bio-epic that kind of glances over various parts of Chaney's life. The only other stand out part would beBale carries the movie, Simple as that. He does a fantastic job as Chaney but Vice just fails to impress. It's a very straight-forward bio-epic that kind of glances over various parts of Chaney's life. The only other stand out part would be the great narration by Jesse Plemons. Aside from that, Vice doesn't do anything out the ordinary and it fails to keep you entertained and invested. Expand
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Compi24Jan 5, 2019
Adam McKay's second foray into serious filmmaking dodges the milder attributes of its predecessor -- "The Big Short" -- in favor of an approach that one could argue is a bit of a cinematic tirade. Now, whether or not that tirade is warrantedAdam McKay's second foray into serious filmmaking dodges the milder attributes of its predecessor -- "The Big Short" -- in favor of an approach that one could argue is a bit of a cinematic tirade. Now, whether or not that tirade is warranted may depend on your political background -- something I don't necessarily want to get into here. But I'll say this much; "Vice's" biggest drawback may be the fact that it doesn't really wish to seek an audience other than the one it'll most assuredly pocket. The movie is a bit of a political finger-wagging towards those in favor of or even ambivalent towards the figures depicted. Still, Bale's evocation is nothing short of astounding, and it is good to get some kind of take nowadays, instead of the watered down, apolitical cardboard we'd get from a more mainstream version of this material. I just wish it was a little less hysterical. Expand
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moviemitch96Jan 3, 2019
Adam McKay (Anchorman, The Big Short) writes and directs, and Christian Bale completely transforms himself in order to portray Vice President Dick Cheney, shaving his hair and gaining over 40 lbs. for the role. He's practicallyAdam McKay (Anchorman, The Big Short) writes and directs, and Christian Bale completely transforms himself in order to portray Vice President Dick Cheney, shaving his hair and gaining over 40 lbs. for the role. He's practically unrecognizable, and his performance is easily the film's biggest highlight, with some strong supporting turns from Amy Adams as Lynne Cheney, Steve Carell as Don Rumsfeld, and Sam Rockwell as George W. Bush. The rest of the film, however, is a little all over the place, both in terms of story and politics. While there are some genuinely funny moments to be found in the film, the rest consists of plenty of left-wing and liberal biases (a scene at the end of the film even pokes fun at this) and really only focuses strictly on that point of view, which I guess should've been expected, considering it is a film told from Cheney's point of view. The film's story also jumps around quite a bit from year to year, making the flow of the film feel not very fluid. Overall, it's the performances that really make the film, and there are a handful of clever and funny moments, but the film's editing, inconsistent narrative structure, and left-wing and liberal biases that really only offer one side/point of view limited the film's impact for me, which like I said, is understandable since it's a film about Cheney, but I still hoped for slightly more and was slightly let down in the process. Expand
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LegendaryLassJan 7, 2019
Vice walks a difficult line... is it shedding light on the life and rise to power of Cheney or is it mocking him? The intention seems to be "both" but ultimately the film feels like it's making light of really troubling history and people inVice walks a difficult line... is it shedding light on the life and rise to power of Cheney or is it mocking him? The intention seems to be "both" but ultimately the film feels like it's making light of really troubling history and people in power. Scathing and snarky are not a good mix and McKay is over-reaching with his personal voice, adding no particular insight or depth to any of the precedings of this monstrous administration. Expand
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LamontRaymondDec 26, 2018
This is the classic case of expectations. Come off of The Big Short, the critics and I were expecting something much more. It's not a bad movie, but it's FAR from being one of the better films of the year, like The Big Short was. What wasThis is the classic case of expectations. Come off of The Big Short, the critics and I were expecting something much more. It's not a bad movie, but it's FAR from being one of the better films of the year, like The Big Short was. What was particularly galling was the "made up" sequence at the end when Dick Chaney apparently "blessed" Liz Chaney's coming out against gay marriage. Which was totally contrary to Chaney's public statements on the subject. Bit of a hack job there. Expand
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MattyiceJan 10, 2019
While entertaining and funny at some points, Vice ends up being a lot more messy than McKay's first foray into intellectual film in The Big Short. The acting from Bale, Adams, and Rockwell, amongst others, is superb and easily the best partWhile entertaining and funny at some points, Vice ends up being a lot more messy than McKay's first foray into intellectual film in The Big Short. The acting from Bale, Adams, and Rockwell, amongst others, is superb and easily the best part of this film. However, its cinematography and tone is all over the place and often comes off as pretentious and non-sensical. In addition, the film should've cut a lot of its first half fluff and put greater focus on Cheney's time in the Bush White House, where most of the action and the best action happens. While there are moments of promise, McKay's sophomore effort comes across as a more juvenile and unfocused attack on a fascinating man, of which Bale compared to the devil. Expand
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TrevorsViewJan 10, 2019
Much like how the quiet man seeks satisfaction from his own perishable fate, Vice gives a temporary sense of thrill about one who committed his entire life to claiming fame. The feature declares in the prologue that those involved did theirMuch like how the quiet man seeks satisfaction from his own perishable fate, Vice gives a temporary sense of thrill about one who committed his entire life to claiming fame. The feature declares in the prologue that those involved did their ‘effing best to stay true to the real story… sure. Research proves otherwise. Look up some articles about the real Dick Cheney in your spare time: a little research should prove those producers wrong.

The director, Adam McKay, returns to the same narrative approach he used in his Academy Award winner three years back, The Big Short, except now, the excessive racket drowns out any point addressed. In fact, any point made seems intentionally blocked so you overlook its lies.

McKay jumps around the timeline randomly, which buffers complex relationships to selfish action movie clichés, but at least Independence Day understood that civilization must stop aliens together, unlike this movie which holds back necessary prominence of communication between countries. The public doesn’t need more movies that throw excessive noise around simultaneously, but a somber tale amongst the shrill media, especially when it’s about powerful men as corrupt as Dick Cheney.

That very man is played by Christian Bale (who just won a Golden Globe for this role) beneath distractingly bad makeup, which doesn’t matter a whole lot as the actor beneath those obvious prosthetics understands the script’s jokily serious satirical style. Bale appropriately looks ready to murder despite working a “nothing” job, his authority screams when he watches a house fly around Lynne Cheney’s rants, then again around Bush. As events creep closer to the end credits, his performance turns more cuckoo than the clock draining out a heartrate beep that signals when it is time for Dick to get a heart implant.

Yet the annoying static of that heart monitor won’t shut up as it tracks how hot your pulse gets watching this. Most fathers of today’s kids will want to throw on earmuffs to stop their blood from boiling, because these fake people use a congressional board game illustration/fascism propaganda to silence democrats. Most mothers will dislike this product because of Amy Adams… just… yikes! Her portrayal of Mrs. Lynne Cheney is way too soft!

In fact, some viewers will feel injustice done for the way they’re depicted on screen. A nauseating camera “crops” the cinematic versions of the Cheney couple put on by Adams and Bale, possibly not to match the mockumentary filmmaking style, but more to block out the bad CGI effects that came from production problems. Thus, you don’t get the maximum impact of this man who changed history without anyone aware of his ghostly existence.

Cheney keeps the same lips of a swine and eyes of a poltergeist—a controlled harsh pig with lipstick immobilizing his speech, a Christmas ham after revenge against the butchers taking credit for the delectable flavor. The problem is that none of that strong addictive bacon flavor is detectable to the taste buds, just the fatty parts left behind. Maybe if Dick talked a little more about his own health over the film’s long timeline, his actual hopes and dreams could give us clear reason to care? Then that way, McKay could’ve focused less on trying to land a gut-punch, and more on ensuring that Mr. and Mrs. Cheney reciting poetry before bed isn’t boring to watch.

Frankly, Adam McKay was the wrong choice to write the screenplay due to his lack of extreme sincerity in grasping human change. He resorts to instead creating a testosterone biopic focused on Cheney’s smoking gun that bloomed up a mushroom cloud seen from Tokyo. Consequently, the women actors’ efforts to stand out look like mice to be trampled upon by the men.

Yet for every mousey performance, it’s all made up for in the way Sam Rockwell breathes a truthful depiction of George W. Bush. Rockwell contrasts the quick beat of an ironic commercial interrupted by 9/11 footage, and does so with a slow, humane face. It almost makes his arguments about climate change reasonable! He mutters words humbly, like the real Bush, making a priestly presence the perfect counterbalance to the way Cheney sees an opportunity amongst everyone’s fear to the 9/11 attacks. Meanwhile, musical composer Nicholas Britell (The Big Short, Moonlight) gives each scene a genre based on the energy present, forcing a more intent listening ear for President Bush’s speech beyond the poltergeist’s interference…

…interference of your capacity to get something useful out of this film, that is. Instead of wanting to be just like Dick Cheney, listen to those higher! Listen to those lesser! Don’t rely on the evil pressed from Vice’s great big lies, a mock-up that only worships itself.
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BbpfankuchDec 26, 2018
Took my family of five and we all felt it fell short as a comedy. The acting was amazing. I’ll give you that. The contents made me feel uncomfortable with how liberally slanted it was, and I’m a liberal.
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moviecritic68Jan 2, 2019
I only kept this out of the red due to acting performances. Once again the liberal Hollywood elites & critics are salivating all over themselves creating a film which does its best to pummel Cheney's whole personal & political life. Just lookI only kept this out of the red due to acting performances. Once again the liberal Hollywood elites & critics are salivating all over themselves creating a film which does its best to pummel Cheney's whole personal & political life. Just look at the producers and it tells you all you need to know. Bottom line liberal fellowship will praise it and conservatives will see it as a opinionated propaganda film. Expand
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ProteusDec 25, 2018
Probably the worst blend of comedy and drama ever. Some great comedic moments. Potential for great dramatic moments. Horrible combination of the 2. Great acting. Compare Vice to a movie like American Hustle which put comedy and drama togetherProbably the worst blend of comedy and drama ever. Some great comedic moments. Potential for great dramatic moments. Horrible combination of the 2. Great acting. Compare Vice to a movie like American Hustle which put comedy and drama together perfectly. Vice is entertaining and very very disappointing. Expand
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JediMosEisleyDec 25, 2018
The film has large gaps in facts and is heavily partisan, and tries to be humorous, but it falls flat every time. How can any film name virtually every president over the last 40 years and not mention Clinton?
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JLuis_001Jan 7, 2019
This film didn't end up being what I expected or what I wanted. It is a film well done but nothing memorable, except the fabulous performance of Christian Bale.

Adam McKay wasn't able to replicate what he achieved in The Big Short but it
This film didn't end up being what I expected or what I wanted. It is a film well done but nothing memorable, except the fabulous performance of Christian Bale.

Adam McKay wasn't able to replicate what he achieved in The Big Short but it seems that his career is now focused on other types of stories and not comedies, which is good.

But if there was something that this film made me think a lot, was the monologue of Jack Nicholson in A Few Good Men. A general who extols the importance of the military and people like him and the things they do in the name of national security.
Something very similar to the final monologue of this film. Which would undoubtedly be more difficult to judge if it were only in the name of national security, but if something has often been put in evidence about the White House is that monetary interests always go before anything.

And the mid-credits scene? Words are unnecessary.

Watch it if you have the opportunity, it's not a bad film. You will not be wasting your time but definitely in the end, I admit it, it will be very forgettable.
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tropicAcesDec 25, 2018
There’s a good movie buried somewhere in here, but just like “The Big Short,” McKay the director gets in the way of McKay the screenwriter. The tone and pacing are all over the place, and by the end McKay tries to act like Cheney was doingThere’s a good movie buried somewhere in here, but just like “The Big Short,” McKay the director gets in the way of McKay the screenwriter. The tone and pacing are all over the place, and by the end McKay tries to act like Cheney was doing what he did out of love for America, except the first two hours do nothing but paint him as an oligarch. Bale is great and Carell is fun, though. Expand
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rowlandsJan 10, 2019
McKay is a very artsy filmmaker, which is definitely not my style of film. However, this film has worthy performances, especially Christian Bale's, which is on its way to win that Oscar. Overall, not a great film to watch, but above average.
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