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VICE explores the epic story about how a bureaucratic Washington insider quietly became the most powerful man in the world as Vice-President to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
Brainy, audacious, opinionated and fun, “Vice” is a tonic for troubled times. As smart as it is partisan, and it is plenty partisan, this savage satire is scared of only one thing, and that is being dull.
But, as McKay well knows, the word “vice” is not only a governmental title, it’s the opposite of virtue, and his film doesn’t hesitate to depict the two-time veep as a conniving eminence grise whose eight years in office resulted in some of the most troubling aspects of American political life. Political scientists can argue about the truth of that. The fun of watching “Vice” is not in having your preconceptions appealed to or assaulted, but in enjoying the rousingly cinematic way the story has been told. Making it all work as well as it does is committed acting from stars Bale and Amy Adams, as Dick’s spouse Lynne Cheney, as well as an expert supporting cast of some 150 speaking roles highlighted by Steve Carell as Donald Rumsfeld, Sam Rockwell as President George W. Bush and a surprising Tyler Perry as Colin Powell. Bale, first among equals, is known for his ferocious commitment to the roles he takes on, and “Vice” pushes that determination one step beyond. Parallel to his rise in Washington, D.C.’s corridors of influence (and his surviving of multiple heart attacks), Cheney becomes fascinated with something called the unitary executive theory, which posits that presidents have absolute authority. That might make being vice president to a genial George W. Bush (Rockwell’s feet-on-desk portrayal almost steals the picture) seem counterintuitive, but “Vice” posits that Cheney cannily found a way to effectively become co-president if not something more. Unless Americans of all political stripes pay attention to what’s going on, “Vice” insists, the results will be dire. A very dark warning from a very funny film.
An understated and wonderful St. Louis gem, the Hi-Pointe Theatre was built in 1922 at the incredible intersection of Interstate 64, Clayton Road, Clayton Avenue, McCausland Avenue, Forest Avenue, Oakland Avenue and Skinker Boulevard, today also the home of the world’s largest Amoco sign and just at the southwest corner of Forest Park. Continue Reading