I love George W. Bush just because he is a clown. Now after watching this movie I realized he isn’t as goofy as I thought.
W. takes viewers through Bush’s eventful life — his struggles and triumphs, how he found both his wife and his faith, and of course the critical days leading up to Bush’s decision to invade Iraq.
Just like every person should go and exercise their vote, they should also go and see an important and also very entertaining movie about a very controversial person.
When I first saw this film I was expecting a totally badgering of a film, but instead Oliver Stone (one of my favorite directors), brings sympathy to an very important figure in the history of our country. This film surely won’t make people think different about what some call the last “8 years of hell”, but make us think different about good old George W. himself. This movie is more of a character study and Stone in a sense lets Bush be well Bush. Which totally makes it work.
The release date of the film(October 17, 2008, while Bush is still president) struck me as pretty odd. You would think cause the movie was so rushed that there would be the urgency to get the message out and make it seemed very rushed and that doesn’t happen here. The story is a very conventional rise and fall of an American president biopic.
The most praise of this film comes from the great lead performance from Josh Brolin. The best thing about him is that he doesn’t get in too over the look and talk of Bush he does an impersonation but with more heart and depth. Brolin redoubtably deserved an Oscar nomination and him not even getting nominated shows what a hack job the Oscars are. The supporting cast does a very good job as well. Mostly Richard Dreyfuss as Dick Cheney, who is not as much of a double as an embodiment. Also very notable is Jeffery Wright as Colin Powell who does an acceptable job as well.
However this film though directed by the great Oliver Stone is still a standardized biopic that feels like too much of a made-for-tv movie. The screenplay wasn’t as witty as it could’ve been and feels to cliched when talking about its approval of the invasion in Iran. This just didn’t add anything new to the biopic genre.
The film features an iconic performance from Brolin and shows a sympathetic portrayl of a very misunderstood political figure.