Basically, weâ(TM)re watching the birth of a hardened super-villain without the inconvenience of actually breaking any laws. Or, I suppose, of being caught for doing so. Thatâ(TM)s serious subject matter, but the tone varies unexpectedly from grim and straight to playful and silly. Often several times in one scene, which makes for a somewhat confusing viewing experience. It canâ(TM)t decide between hammering an important point and nailing a ripe punchline, valiantly tries to accomplish both and rarely succeeds at either. A gimmicky narrative style and ambitious use of jump cuts further muddy those waters.
The acting follows suit. Some scenes are rich and effective, Christian Bale becoming the lead role in more than just a physical sense, while others just... donâ(TM)t work? Steve Carrellâ(TM)s casting as Donald Rumsfeld is a good example; a take that could have really come together, but plays instead like a weird mix of his better-known parts in The Office and Anchorman. Itâ(TM)s an entertaining film and an important story, with a few hooks that almost sink in, but struggles with tonal inconsistency and an inner conflict thatâ(TM)s never completely resolved.
A verdade dÃ³i a muitos americanos!
Â¡La verdad duele la gran parte de los americanos!
As someone who was only a kid when the Bush presidency was in full swing, this movie filled in a lot of the gaps of what I had only heard on TV and from my mom as an impressionable young pup.
ï¿ 1/2Viceï¿ 1/2? is an incredible anti-propaganda machine. Heavy on facts, but also taking itï¿ 1/2(TM)s weight from an obvious liberal bias. Itï¿ 1/2(TM)s a nice change of pace though, if we are taking into account what movies were coming out during the Bush-Cheney-era.
This is no-holds barred storytelling of the powers that be, but more importantly what drives their greed for absolute power.
Hats off to Steve Carell for making Donald Rumsfeld a lovable and humorous character to almost completely cover and excuse his overall distasteful demeanor. All the actors gave Oscar worthy performances that in some instances would make a viewer like myself want to have sympathy for the bad guy, but then the next instant the actors would do something to remind me why the bad guy that they are portraying is to be hated in the first place. That is the essence of ï¿ 1/2Viceï¿ 1/2? : showing audiences the truth of some of the evils the leaders in their country have committed and how it has influenced them; yet, showing that through all the layers of evil - a little humor can go a long way to make monsters (and monstorous situations) as human as those who are known to be the creators of monsters. Ask Stoker, ask Shelley.