Excerpt: While the multiple story lines and complex subject of his last were buoyed by McKay’s amusing financial explanatory asides, his use of the same device for this single-stranded biopic is overbearing and unwarranted.
Excerpt: Vice is a film I admired more than I liked. Performances are strong, and McKay’s filmmaking style, while overwhelming at times, brings some liveliness that puts it above most run-of-the-mill biopics.
Excerpt: Political satires have been a mainstay of print and television for decades, but cinema has found the brief spurts of creativity separated by years of absence. “Vice” is the latest film by director Adam McKay to take on the subgenre, suggesting a modern rebirth is almost in full swing.
Excerpt: McKay’s film focuses on how America corrupts individuals, like Cheney, who further go on to corrupt the country in a perpetual cycle of decadence that erodes whatever good ever existed at the nation’s core.
Excerpt: Hazy in some moments, hasty in others, and always provocative, Vice is easily the most polarizing film of the year. The movie is not unlike Cheney’s own aim with a shotgun, hitting and missing plenty with occasional collateral damage.