Directed and written by Adam McKay, who brought us The Big Short (Talladega Nights and Anchorman) now brings us a simliar-styled black comedy that gives Christian Bale an excellent shot at Best Actor this year. His trandformation is one of the best ever put on film as a ruthless former Vice-President Dick Cheney. The Annapurna Pictures R-rated film shows us how Cheney became the man who rose to power to run the show as Vice-President in the George W. Bush government.
The performances are all great but the movie itself needs more. Bale is so strong through that you watch every frame with interest. The movie begins quickly and there is absolutely zero character deveopment. We are expected to know who this man is and what he is. The movie is not fluid in storytelling so you are watching individual scene after individual scene. It's a comedy but not a movie with a beginning, middle and end.
We learn about Cheney and how he turly was not destinaed to beocme a Vice-President. He failed at Yale, worked as a lineman, drank too much and was arrested for two DUI's before his wife, played by Amy Adams, told him clean up hislife and do something or she was leaving. Within years, Cheney is hanging onto the coatails of Donald Rumsfeld played by Steve Carell and works his way into the White House as Chief of Staff under Gerald Ford. He then became a congressman and onto Securety of Defence for most of George H.W Bush's term, then he became CEO of Halliburton Co and ultimately the Vice-President.