Just in Time for Christmas, ‘Vice’ Brings a Flashback to Bush-Cheney Years
“I’ve always said that up until the last minute of the movie, I don’t think Dick Cheney would have a problem with the movie. We were very honest and fair.”
Christian Bale stars in the new movie that’s being called an “irreverent satire” of former Vice President Dick Cheney’s life and career.
What more would you expect when the director is Adam McKay (“Saturday Night Live”, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy)?
Also starring in the new biopic is Amy Adams as Cheney’s influential wife, Lynne. Rounding out the portrayal of the Bush administration is Steve Carell as Cheney’s longtime confidant, Donald Rumsfeld, Sam Rockwell as George W. Bush, and Tyler Perry as Colin Powell.
Bale has already been nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance, in which he appears to have gained significant weight and donned age-enhancing makeup to resemble Cheney, now 77.
It is the second theatrical film to depict the George W. Bush administration, following Oliver Stone’s W. in 2008.
The film follows Cheney’s life from a troubled alcoholic (with drunk driving arrests) in Wyoming, to his calculated climb up the ranks of Capitol Hill and intent on employing unitary executive powers, to the Bush administration’s adamant march into the Iraq War.
Although it’s being described as satirical, McKay defended the movie’s accuracy when he recently spoke with Yahoo Entertainment.
“I’ve always said that up until the last minute of the movie, I don’t think Dick Cheney would have a problem with the movie. We were very honest and fair,” McKay assured.
“The way we approach it, and the way these great actors approach it, was we attempted to go into the movie just showing who they are, and what they did,” McKay said. “And if you look at what’s shown in the movie, there’s nothing that’s really debatable. We went to war in Iraq, Cheney lead that charge, [and his wife] Lynne was a very powerful force in Dick’s life.”
The “last minute” of the movie that McKay was referring to is allegedly a montage that connects the policies of the Bush administration to the presidency of Donald Trump.
Reviews of the film have been split. On Metacritic, Vice has a weighted average score of 59 out of 100, based on critic’s reviews.
The film is also facing inevitable accusations of lampooning Cheney and the Bush administration he was a part of.
Vice premieres in theaters Dec. 25.