This is Oscar season and that means that liberals flock to the theaters to get that yearly dose of anti-conservative movies, which are always bait to win the highly coveted awards.
The Academy and liberal audiences love these kinds of movies because it makes them feel more at ease that Donald Trump is president, despite the fact that they willfully ignore how great of a job he’s done since taking office.
And the fact this Trump-bashing anti-conservative movie is doing well in the box office, critics and audiences alike are seeing this movie is absolutely horrendous.
You may have seen the trailer for Adam McKay’s Vice that depicts former Vice President Dick Cheney’s role in the Bush Jr. administration.
It stars Christian Bale in the title role, Amy Adams as Lynne Cheney, Steve Carell as Donald Rumsfeld and Sam Rockwell as George W. Bush.
It was nominated for six Golden Globe awards and the Oscar buzz surrounding the movie was palpable, that is until the movie was released on Christmas Day.
First, the critics’ reviews came out and considering the buzz and caliber from a filmmaker like McKay who was the darling of the Academy Awards a couple of years ago with The Big Short – where he won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay, they weren’t all that extraordinary.
And then Christmas Day came around where box office numbers for the film outperformed what the studio originally projected.
In the first couple of days, it already made $4.8 million and that’s good considering the style of film and the weekend hasn’t arrived yet.
Nevertheless, those who saw it are panning it – other than Christian Bale’s performance as Cheney during the Bush administration years.
His performance might be the only redeeming part of the whole film.
It depicts Cheney as some sort of evil mastermind behind the curtain during the Bush era and you’d think that structurally that was what they would focus on – zeroing in on that part of Cheney’s life.
At least, it seems that way from the trailer, right?
You’d be wrong. This is essentially a Dick Cheney biopic.
It opens with an intoxicated Cheney in his younger years getting a DUI and then subsequently being grilled by Lynne about what kind of man he is.
McKay was trying to convey that it was a seminal moment in his life that could’ve gone either way in this moment when he had to convince her he would be better.
Soon after, Rumsfeld hires him under President Richard Nixon’s administration. Suddenly he’s working at the White House despite two DUI convictions, to which Rumsfeld said, “you owe me one.” That would, of course, definitely pay off for him.
It’s those kinds of moments that felt spoon-fed. To put it bluntly, McKay thinks his audience is stupid and he uses tropes to really nail points home like modeling Lynne Cheney after Lady Macbeth.
It was annoyingly obvious that she was the mastermind pulling the strings to get him to this point of “pure evil.”
And finally it absolutely bashed Trump – the whole point being that we wouldn’t have gotten Trump if Bush and Cheney didn’t exist. He’s an extension of them.
McKay alludes to it all the time as a wink-wink to the audience that is anything other than subtle.
There was a moment when former President Ronald Reagan ranted on and on about “Making America Great Again.”
It was moments like these that made you roll your eyes.
McKay tries to point out that Trump isn’t a departure of conservatism; he’s just another type of it.
But that’s what you’d come to expect from how Hollywood elitists’ view all conservatives; that they are evil.