Christian Bale plays Dick Cheney in this brilliant and savagely funny portrait of his life. It won the Oscar for Best Achievement in Makeup and Hairstyling and was nominated for 7 more.
An arch-manipulator, Cheney played business, politics and warfare tools in his arsenal, with his wife Lynne (Amy Adams) as his confidante. Sam Rockwell and Steve Carell excel as President George W. Bush and Donald Rumsfeld, And the film gives us a panoramic portrait of the craven misuse of political power. Following 'The Big Short', Adam McKay’s post-mortem of the 2008 financial crisis, he has proven himself and astute chronicler of moments in recent history. But ‘Vice’ is, above all else, Christian Bale’s film. And he is magnificent.
★★★★ "The genius of Bale’s performance is that he never overplays his hand or crudely delineates Cheney’s drift to the dark side" - Kevin Maher, The Times
★★★★ "A Molotov cocktail of biopic, documentary and black comedy" - Robbie Collin, The Telegraph
★★★★ "Bale brilliantly captures the former vice-president’s bland magnificence" - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian