Though The Sleepless Critic does not usually tackle films, since awards season is here and Sleepless Critic is associated with the Screen Actors Guild Awards, a review will pop up here and there about a nominee.
The hype about the political satire film, Vice has been mounting. With Christian Bale’s recent Golden Globe win for his portrayal as Vice President Dick Cheney, it seems that this film has its sights set on the Academy Awards. Christian Bale and Amy Adams have been nominated for Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Male Actor in a Motion Picture and Outstanding Female Actor in a Motion Picture, respectively. The performances are definitely worth seeing and this biting satire has a lot to say, if it only the actual story line was that good.
Vice has its clever moments, but those moments were much more interesting in Adam McKay’s far superior film, The Big Short. Narrated by a mystery man who plays a significant role in Dick Cheney’s life, this satirical tale is slow and a bit muddled from the start as it describes Cheney’s path into politics.
The second half picks up quite a bit as Cheney rises to power, but not enough to make up for the first half. Accentuated by a crooked sneer, Bale is almost unrecognizable as the former Vice President, his performance quiet and calculating. As the film warns, “Beware the quiet man.” However, I was waiting to see how brazen he truly was and with the exception of a brilliant monologue toward the end, I was left waiting for the payoff. His motivation is never really clear other than desire for power.
Underneath that plastered smile, Amy Adams is ruthless, power hungry Lynn Cheney. Although it becomes clear why Lynn Cheney is with Dick Chaney, it is unclear why Dick seemingly will give anything to impress Lynn. Steve Carell offers a steely and momentarily sympathetic portrayal of Donald Rumsfeld. Sam Rockwell delivers an amusing performance as ill-prepared for the presidency, George W. Bush, but sadly, is not in the film nearly as much as he should be.
Vice is still in theatres now.