Christian Bale’s Dick Cheney Transformation Is Mind Blowing
Vice is a funny black comedy, brilliantly satirical, about the Dick Cheney’s rise to power. Regarded as the most powerful vice president in US history, Vice conceals no advantage in his interpretation of its authoritarian character. Writer and director Adam McKay refers to Cheney and the political machine that fueled the neoconservative agenda. He pays almost equal attention to Cheney’s wife, Lynne. It was a wonderful couple that was bending the Republican Party, the country and finally the world at their will. Adam McKay is perfectly clear on his program and his feelings towards Cheney. The genius of Vice is the way he responds to critics of his approach.
An absolutely stellar cast brings Vice . ] live. Christian Bale plays Dick Cheney. The film begins in the early 60s with Cheney in the role of an apathetic hooligan; who just left Yale. Back in Wyoming, Cheney’s rush and clashes with the law lead to an ultimatum from high school sweetheart Lynne (Amy Adams). Stop the madness, become sober and do something about yourself. Lynne, an intelligent and ambitious girl, realized that her dreams were related to being a woman in the world of men. She had seen enough abuse from her father. Dick receives the message and directs his interest in politics, with Lynne’s firm advice.
Cheney begins an internship at Congress after graduating from the University of Wyoming. He is particularly seduced by Donald Rumsfeld (Steve Carell), a representative of Illinois with sharp and arrogant language. Soon a dedicated member of Rumsfeld’s staff, Dick Cheney begins to climb the political ladder with astonishing speed. A fierce ideological conservative, he considered the liberal opposition to the authority of President Nixon as treason. Cheney believed in the unitary executive theory, to the idea that the authority of the executive power belongs solely to the president.
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The meteoric rise of Cheney brings him to Congress, to the White House in multiple roles for two decades, and finally to the presidency of the Vice President . He is sought after and then subtly convinces President George W. Bush (Sam Rockwell) to give him tremendous power over politics and governance. These actions would be fatal on the morning of September 11, 2001. Dick Cheney played a central role in the Bush administration’s response to the terrible terrorist attack. The fight against al-Qaeda in Afghanistan serves as a justification for the invasion of Iraq. The bloody result and the astounding human loss dictate world events to this day.
It’s a strange feeling to hysterically laugh in a movie that describes such tragic events. Vice has an interesting narrative structure. It’s non-linear, jumping back in time to give insight into the important moments in Dick Cheney’s life. Vice is told by a secret character (Jesse Plemons), who breaks the fourth wall and addresses himself directly to the audience. Adam McKay ( Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy The Big Short ) also created a discussion group, integrated with the story, to react to various elements of the 39; plot. Vice is really unique, unlike any movie I’ve ever seen.
Adam McKay has a clear disdain for the Cheneys, their machinations, his acolytes and the results of their influence. But he is not above the introspection about the motivations of the film. McKay elucidates the views of the other party and flagrantly represses any criticism of Vice as a liberal Hollywood hit. The characters and events described in Vice have been described and filmed exhaustively. Dick Cheney rarely does interviews and obviously has nothing to do with this movie. But he has spent decades on the public stage leaving no doubt about his beliefs. Much like his film on the housing crisis, The Big Short McKay marks the boundaries between facts and conjectures with incisive humor.
Christian Bale must free up space on the set for another Oscar. His transformation into Dick Cheney is a tour de force. The immense weight gain of Bale, as well as the incredible makeup and dentures, make for a staggering doppelganger. His performance in Vice is of a superior level, staggering on all fronts. The actors, Amy Adams, Steve Carell and Sam Rockwell are also very good. Adam McKay uses an extraordinary set to tell the story of Dick Cheney. The art involved in Vice should be appreciated in all political spheres. He is exceptionally well done and acted. There are additional scenes in the credits. Vice is a production of Plan B Entertainment distributed by Annapurna Pictures.