Bale piles on the pounds for another transformative role in a movie that explores Cheney's rise to power across the decades. Written and directed with a sense of impassioned anger and wit by The Big Short's Adam McKay, the film co-stars Amy Adams as Lynne Cheney and Sam Rockwell as President George W. Bush.
Cineworld Unlimited members got to preview Bale's Golden Globe-winning turn during last night's Unlimited screening, and the reactions are in. We'll start with this from Katie who's tipping the actor for the top prize.
I enjoyed it. Christian Bale was very impressive and gave a committed performance as Dick Cheney, he was almost unrecognisable. I can definitely see him being nominated at the Oscars.— Katie (@katieisafilmfan) January 16, 2019
Benjazuzu is another viewer who lauds Bale's portrayal, as well as the movie's deep dive into a chilling period in recent political history.
Absolute powerhouse of a performance by everyone, do we really expect anything less from Bale?— Benjazuzu (@Bearded_Guy87) January 16, 2019
Great story telling - looking into the life of DC, a person, who myself and many others knew nothing about.
Will definitely look more into this stubborn, political figure
Katie Samuel praises the movie as an insightful examination into the controversial 'Dubya' era.
Powerful, interesting, educational, eye-opening, shocking, funny, clever, manipulative and concerning. All words I’ve used this evening to describe this movie. Felt quite House of Cards-esque at the end. Great film. Amazing cast. So much good cinema right now!— Katie Samuel (@KatieSamuel) January 16, 2019
JuliaLovesRain89 says praise should also be reserved for another key member of the ensemble.
Everyone's rightly giving mad props to Christian Bale as Dick Cheney. But for me Sam Rockwell stole the show - he totally nailed the look, voice and persona of George Bush. More attention to him please...— JuliaLovesRain89 (@MuddyWelliesGal) January 16, 2019
And Sophia says people should prepare themselves for an onslaught of big laughs and hard truths.
Unsurprisingly given the nature of the material, them movie also generated some polarized reactions. Jon Watkins says those without an in-depth knowledge of the subject might struggle to engage with it.
I really liked it but I think you need to have at least a passing interest in American politics to get the most out of it. With this type of film you don’t really know how much fact is mixed in with Artistic Licence to make for a better story.— Jon Watkins (@Jonwat1970) January 16, 2019
And Sam Crosby-Browne says McKay's script, although ambitious, could have used more focus.
Deep end performances from the entire cast (shout out to a brilliant Rockwell) but seems as though the film had TOO much to say and ended up only scratching the surface on big topics. Incredibly entertaining but consider it a story told unevenly and without any real direction.— Sam Crosby-Browne (@crosbybrowne) January 16, 2019
Anyone else who was at last night's screening can tweet us their reactions @Cineworld and using #CineworldUnlimited. For those who enjoyed the movie, the good news is Vice goes on general release on Friday 25th January.
Don't forget your next Unlimited screening gets underway on Sunday 20th January. Can You Ever Forgive Me? stars the acclaimed duo of Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant (both BAFTA and Golden Globe-nominated) in the remarkable true story of fraudulent biographer Lee Israel.
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