Comments (16)Add a Comment
Josh Brolin does a spot on W & Thandie Newton's Condoleeza Rice is so good I didn't realize it was even her until the credits rolled. A very ambitions movie indeed.
Normally, I would never comment on this tripe, but since somebody else put it in que, this is obviously Oliver Stone's commercial moment. It was really Dick Cheney who utilized Christianity to get Bush elected: Cheney's godson, D.G. Gribbin IV, was field director of the Christian Coalition during the 1990s (now he's pushing the tolling of all American highways, and the privatization of those toll roads). The real story of Bush is that his entire military service is a complete and total fabrication: he washed out at the midway point during USAF enlisted basic training (4 weeks) then went home to his connected daddy who pinned officer's bars on his insipid shoulders. (We researched his background many years ago at the VVA [Vietnam Veterans of America], in case he ever ran for office. His ANG service record was fabricated just as he ran for governor of the Lone Star State. The only reason Bush is still married is that he's afraid of his wife, who reacted when she was dumped in highschool by her quarterback boyfriend by running a stop sign and killing him.
I won't share my opinions on Dubya as a person or a president, as I don't feel this is the proper forum for such. In regards to the film, I was left wondering what Oliver Stone was trying to say about the man. Were we to feel sympathetic to the fact that he wanted to step out of his brother's shadow, and make the old man proud? That he was a God-fearing good-ole-boy who should've stuck with baseball? Why did Stone deal with everything *but* 9/11/2001? It was a decent film, but not what I've come to expect from Oliver. Josh Brolin as W. and Richard Dreyfuss as Dick Cheney were dead ringers, from my perspective. It just left something to be desired...
It would be difficult for any movie to top the real-life events associated with this Bush administration. They were amusing (and disturbing) enough on their own. Therefore, although I found the storyline a bit slow for my taste, I did like the way the film captures the family dynamics and George W.’s very human struggle to find his place in this world.
Ollie got one part right and thother not. He showed this guy as he is, helping ma and pa America see what’s what. A double 9 in Japanese system: hates to lose, is selfish, gets stuck on particulars/can’t see whole, emotions of glass, social charmer, very very comfortable on camera, star. Mix these with a spoiled privileged birth, absent father, and most of all, the Ruling Class family machine ready to run him, finally. He just had to say ‘go’. Not stupid, as many would like to think, he had great memory for names and specifics but no concept of what anything meant. And he had Karl Rove who he called ‘genius guy’. He followed what he was told and outdid his father at last, so to speak.
Where Ollie failed is in the geopolitics, in understanding the purpose of the post 911 aggressions. He buys the party line of wanting to cement future success in a cross Asia oil pipeline and thus invading Iraq for no reason. While this is true, the real reason for such an outrageous Nazi-style attack was to give trillions of dollars to the oil industry corporations—Poppy’s fabulous rolodex. The private sector’s prime concern since 1776 has been to get into the hen house of the public sector’s tax monies. This has been the only reason for war for a long long time. War requires lies and this is costly. These days, however, virtually NO lies are even required. Americans, with the evangelical fascists in tow finally, can’t do ANY math. We don’t know what time it is. It’s overwhelmingly probably that 911 followed all the historical precedents (Pearl Harbor, Gulf of Tonkin, Phillipine War, et al) and was, at least, allowed, if not set up by the Bush group to green light what followed, including Patriot Acts, 1,2 and the ‘attack on credit’ that led to the greatest bank heist of all time. We didn’t need a ‘depression’ this time, the wealth stolen was so big—half the world’s money value. W was the ‘perfect President’. While Reagan started the right wing end-game move, W presided over the greatest wealth transfer“. W was the greatest President of all time! “JFK” was the best-made underground movie ever, but Ollie paid for it and has been cowed ever since. I’d love to do an all-night moon-howl with him—he is so smart and a fire personality himself. Not all of them are in as low a form as W, thank god. ......................... this project would have been much greater if a mini-series or longer tv show. Instead, it’s just an incomplete work at 2 hrs. But, I doubt Ollie would have wanted to hang around this horrid subject a minute longer. Josh Brolin was excellent (w/some fanny fat padding), Richard Dreyfuss disappointing as Cheney. Every now and again Ollie put in some hint of the brilliant genius sound design/w/video he originated in “JFK” and over-did in “Natural Born Killers”. The very last scenelet captures the W-guy right on the money—lost in a spectral fantasy forever; blinded by the light.
Movie just walked through a lot of points from W's life. It doesn't bother too much with developing any insights to his character or why such a character would become the President of the USA. So don't bother if you are looking to learn anything. As an entertainment vehicle, it's boring. So don't bother if you are looking to be entertained.
Every tyrant rises to power shedding crocodile tears in the name of God & country, promising the salvation of a nation.
Once crowned the SELECTED privileged few, inherit & preserve the power in the family, transferred from generation to generation DISGUISED as "democracy".
The nation pays a very heavy price before questioning the integrity of the powerful privileged family.
This FILM makes you wonder, how does great nations fall at the mercy of incompetent & inept "leaders"?
I like him better now.
I laugh at the USA's holier than thou critics who rail against hardball tactics on one hand and scoff at paying high gas prices on the other. Hint: it's not going to get better.
PS Movie was better than I thought it would be but if you want more detail read a book.
The movie shows George W. Bush's struggles and triumphs; how he found his wife Laura, and his faith.
And illustrates the critical days leading up to his decision to invade Iraq.
So so movie; subject matter is not to my liking.
I found this movie very informative - but not surprised considering the background of where he came from. As you gather I am not a fan of this person who has caused so much destruction.
Dosed with selfpity throughout, "W." lacks the intensity that Oliver Stone's other works often bear. George Senior might be a demanding father, but wasn't it Junior himself who picked up those drinks, or made those decisions when issues arose, him being an educated adult from a prominent family and all? And God was the reason for everything W did during his presidency, just because he's a reborn Christian? For Christ's sake, man up. Anyhow, Josh Brolin & Richard Dreyfuss both did a decent job portraying W & Cheney respectively.
As a whole, it's an ok, melodrama kind of bio-pic. See it, just don't expect the unexpected. There's none.
The casting is quite good in this. The story makes you feel sorry for Bush, rather than hating him. The ending left me unsastisfied, though.
I agree @sit_walk that this was very well done. It is an honest attempt at portraying the way that these politicians think based on the available information.
A surprisingly decent film. I had read reviews suggesting that it was a fairly placid and uncritical work, but I didn't find that to be the case at all. Some alarmingly good portrayals of Bush and his inner circle.
Good - W. (2008) 129 min. Josh Brolin is absolutely convincing as George W. Bush Jr. He has the mannerism, facial expressions and vocals down pat. The film grabs you from the start. As much of a lunatic (my humble opinion) George W. was as president, you’re so captivated by his portrayal; sometimes in disbelief over how child-like the most powerful man in the world was; sympathetic in terms of his relationship with his stern authoritative father; empathetic of how he’s made to be viewed; and infuriated on how perverse his reasoning was behind the Iraq war. Unfortunately, George W. did not stand alone; he had other clowns in the 3-ring circus to provide idiotic advice. One point about Thandie Newton (the actress who played Condoleezza Rice); she was absolutely terrible. She played Rice as a Muppet on helium. Lastly, you’ll learn a lot about the man and those around him. I just wished it was a little longer - there's so much more to this story. It’s incredible how policies with obvious greedy intentions were being developed in meetings that ended with final prayers to God – how perverse to use the Lord’s name in such ways. Guess that's happened a lot.