VICE, from writer/director Adam McKay, is a highly entertaining, satirical look at the rise to power of former US vice-president Dick Cheney. I really enjoy McKay’s style of assembling powerhouse casts, and then letting them work in a very improvisational atmosphere on set, allowing the actors to inform and influence the film making process.
Christian Bale is the lead here, backed up by Amy Adams, Steve Carrell, Sam Rockwell, and Jesse Plemons in the main roles. When you stack the deck like that, and then let artists play, you’re going to get something great. I also love the surreal touches McKay employs at times to turn potentially dry exposition into off beat, entertaining scenes. If you enjoyed Adam McKay’s previous film, The Big Short, there’s a good chance you’ll like VICE. I expect this film to get a lot of attention in awards season.