Vice is a biographical comedy-drama film written and directed by Adam McKay. The film stars Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell, Sam Rockwell, Tyler Perry, Alison Pill, Lily Rabe, Jesse Plemons, and Justin Kirk

The Story/The Direction:

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This film takes place over the course of Dick Cheney (Bale)'s grow to become one of, if not the, most powerful vice president of the United States. He starts as an intern working for Donald Rumsfeld (Carell) and slowly grows to become the CEO of Haliburton. Then George W. Bush (Rockwell) asks him to be his VP and the country changed forever.

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McKay has been known for his mix of comedies and his most famous work is The Big Short, which he was nominated for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay. In both that film and this one, McKay takes a topic and attempts to make it more entertaining that it should be. This is done through a mix of comedy, drama, and fourth wall breaking. 

The Characters:

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It can go without saying at this point that Bale is one of the best actors of recent times. He gets fully invested in a character and this film is no different. He is Dick Cheney all the way down to his growl. Carell is great and the rest of the cast is serviceable. 

The Flaws:

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Unfortunately, this film is less successful than The Big Short because it does not tackle a difficult topic to understand. The Big Short took a very complicated story about the housing crises and made it understandable to the everyday person. Even if one did not like the movie, they can understand the quality behind it however this film does not have that. Unfortunately, that makes this film fairly boring. In addition, numerous actors are immensely underused such as Rockwell and Adams. Even Bale's evil Cheney feels cartoony at times. McKay does not give any explanation for his choices in the film such as the narrator. 


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Even though the acting by Carell and Bale is awfully good and the story is somewhat entertaining, it's simple topic makes it unenjoyable for another viewing. The story is not complicated enough to keep the nuance entertaining and it is honestly only good but somewhat boring.

Rating: 3.0/5.0 bowties

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