This black satire on the rise and rise of American politician Dick Cheney from writer/director Adam McKay is much easier to follow than his 2015 hit movie The Big Short, which dealt with the US mortgage market crash.
How the Western has changed since those earlier depictions of the valiant cowboys or charging cavalry versus the snarling, savage, barely human “Red Indians” – Native Americans to you today.
Director Terry George dealt with the subject of genocide previously in the excellent “Hotel Rwanda”. This film covers that same theme but this time his subject is the Armenian genocide by the Turks at the time of World War 1 – an act that Turkey still denies ever happened, despite the many witnesses to the atrocity.
It was four years ago that we saw The Dark Knight save Gotham City from the Joker and Two-Face in Nolan’s second Batman film but on screen, when The Dark Knight Rises, eight years have passed. At the end of the previous film, Batman vanished from public view, blamed for the death of the supposedly heroic DA Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart, seen here briefly in flashback), whom we know had become the villainous Two-Face.