Vice, new film on Bush’s vice president Cheney

This 3 October 2018 video from the USA says about itself:

VICE Official Trailer (2018) Christian Bale, Amy Adams Movie HD.

On 3 March 2019, I saw the new film Vice, on George W Bush‘s vice president Dick Cheney, in a packed cinema.

In the beginning, the film says that most people in the USA have to work harder and longer for less and less money. So, in their less and less spare time, they don’t have much time to analyze politics.

That may be a reason why the film, though it deals with very serious subjects like millions of people killed in wars, has many comedy style elements, making it easier to digest.

Halfway in the film there is a ‘distancing effect‘, similar to Bertolt Brecht’s plays. The Republican party lost a presidential election. Cheney is out of the federal government. The cinema screen shows credits of which actors play Cheney, his wife and other roles. Then, the movie resumes.

According to the film, Cheney at first did not want to become Bush’s vice president, as that office traditionally has little power. However, then he considered the low intelligence of Bush; and realized that he could in fact become the most powerful man in the most powerful country behind the scenes, while not being president officially.

Cheney saw 9/11 as an opportunity to start war on Iraq (which had nothing to do with it).

The film also mentions Dick Cheney shooting a fellow hunter, thinking he was a quail; and the cover-up of that.

Cheney and his wife told their eldest daughter Liz Cheney to throw her lesbian younger sister Mary under the bus to win votes of homophobes. Liz did that in a Fox News interview. When Mary reacted in tears to that betrayal, Liz called her ‘hysterical’.

In the third scene before the end of the film, Cheney defends his policies, claiming his wars, massive spying on American citizens, etc. were supposedly for keeping people safe.

Then, the penultimate scene shows how much profits Dick Cheney’s business Halliburton made from Cheney’s Iraq war.

Finally, the last scene has a Brechtian distancing effect again. It shows a focus group discussing the film, with Donald Trump supporters getting into a fight with Trump opponents.

A review by David Walsh and Joanne Laurier says it is a good film, though it lacks criticism of warmongering Democrats, apart from one shot of Hillary Clinton supporting the Iraq war. Like it shows present Vice President Mike Pence doing as well.

Colonel Lawrence Wilkerson, formerly Bush administration Secretary of State Colin Powell‘s Chief of Staff, mentioned in Vice, says the film is not critical enough of Cheney.

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