Most 2018 movies expected to be in the conversation come awards season have already opened in theaters, but there are a few stragglers looking to make waves late in the game, including Adam McKay's Vice. The director of The Big Short wrote and directed this film that stars Christian Bale as Vice President Dick Cheney. A biopic from an Oscar winner, starring a host of acclaimed actors, anchored by an unrecognizable lead, Vice has all the makings of a contender.
While Vice doesn't come out until Christmas Day, the film has screened and reviews are in to let us know if the film's pedigree all adds up to something special. For CinemaBlend's Eric Eisenberg, the answer is a resounding 'yes' as he gave the film 5 stars, praising the work of everyone involved, especially director Adam McKay. Eric said:
After films like Anchorman, The Other Guys and Step Brothers, Adam McKay took on real world issues, while still employing his comedic chops in The Big Short. Audiences familiar with that film may find something similar with Vice, as it makes the business of bureaucracy entertaining and informative, as IGN's William Bibbiani explained:
Christian Bale has become known for physical transformations and with Vice, he does so as an enigmatic and controversial figure. Many of the reviews indicate that this performance is indeed a career highlight for the actor, even if the film doesn't offer much insight into who Dick Cheney actually is. Collider's Matt Goldberg gave the film an A- and explained that the 'who' is not as important as the 'what':
Those are all pretty positive reviews, but Vice is proving polarizing. While some reviewers were fans of Adam McKay's tone and approach, others found it to be more style than substance. Variety's Owen Gleiberman found the film lacking when it came to its main subject, as he explained:
Those who disliked the film seemed to take issue with it not so much on political grounds, but the fact that Vice is a preaching to the choir and having a laugh without offering any nuance or real insight. The Wrap's Candice Frederick
For the most part, reviewers seem to have either really liked Vice and what Adam McKay did with the film or to have really disliked it. IndieWire's Eric Kohn however, was able to take both good and bad away from the film in his B- review. He said:
Clearly Vice is not for everyone, but to me it sounds like if you liked Adam McKay's The Big Short, you may find something to like here. You can judge for yourself when Vice opens in theaters on Christmas Day.
For all of next year's biggest movies, check out our 2019 Release Schedule.
Nick grew up in Maryland has degrees in Film Studies and Communications. His life goal is to walk the earth, meet people and get into adventures. He’s also still looking for The Adventures of Pete and Pete season 3 on DVD if anyone has a lead.
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