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W. [Import]

Josh Brolin , Elizabeth Banks , Oliver Stone    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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Oliver Stone’s W. is similar to his other movies about American presidents (JFK, Nixon), which is to say these films are much more about Stone’s imagined versions of reported events than they are alleged reenactments. As such, W. is Stone’s case for what he sees as the absurdity of George W. Bush’s ascendance to the White House and especially the arrogant blunder of the Iraq War. Josh Brolin is very good as the miscreant son of George H. W. Bush (James Cromwell), Vice President to Ronald Reagan and 41st president of the United States. Adrift in a sea of booze and squandered opportunities, the younger Bush is largely driven by a need for his disapproving father’s love and respect, which never truly arrives. Becoming a hatchet man for Bush Sr.’s administration, “W” (as his wife, Laura--played by Elizabeth Banks--call him) meets Karl Rove (Toby Jones) and heads toward the Texas governorship, despite his father’s preference that the more golden son, Jeb, get all the family’s support in his Florida gubernatorial bid. Told in broken chronology, W. focuses on Bush’s post-9/11 path to waging a “preventive war” in Iraq despite no hard evidence of weapons of mass destruction to justify it. The major players in W’s administration--Rove, Colin Powell (Jeffrey Wright), Condoleeza Rice (Thandie Newton), and especially Dick Cheney (Richard Dreyfuss)--all participate in closed meetings that look and sound like every investigative account by the New York Times or Bob Woodward about the administration’s inner workings leading up to the war. Much of this is quite fascinating if a little weird (Newton’s performance is indeed strange), but the drama is often powerful, particularly around Powell’s resistance to the rising tide for a supposedly slam-dunk war. A number of the film’s key performances, besides Brolin’s, are very strong, especially Cromwell, Jones, Wright, Dreyfuss and Bruce McGill as George Tenet. --Tom Keogh

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Strangely Compelling, Likely Accurate Sept. 6 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Generation of sympathy for G. W. Bush is a difficult pill to swallow, yet this film endeavours to tell truth, and in the process invariably portrays someone out of his element, a pawn in the hands of swifter operators. Entertaining, sad, and somewhat frightening all at once.

Well-done. Oliver Stone does *not* deserve criticisms for this effort; it is not a hack job.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lots Of Extras On This Disc, Love the Movie. Sept. 12 2014
“I can’t believe I got this for $3. bucks at the dollar store, went there for something totally different,
and came out with this movie, and it played great, I was shocked at my luck,
my hats are off to S.H. you couldn’t have taken the words out of my mouth any better, I agree 110% with
your review, this depiction of G.W. Bush by “Josh Brolin is bloody uncanny, the man that I though was a poor
excuse for a president, but was only hiding behind his father, with no great skills of his own,
just trying to prove himself a worthy son to his father, Josh Brolin” YOU GOT ROBED OF AN OSCAR MY FRIEND,
nice to see Oliver Stone” keep the naked stuff out, but had to show the drinking to make it real,
Runtime 129 Min.
English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio.
Widescreen 2.35:1
Lots Of Extras On This Disc, Love the Movie.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars worthwhile extras on blu-ray July 31 2010
Josh Brolin is uncanny in the title role and leads an impressive list of excellent performances in W (including Richard Dreyfuss, Jeffrey Wright, James Cromwell, Ellen Burstyn etc.). The portrayal itself may be a touch sympathetic, and the film unfortunately doesn't offer anything new for those familiar with the media hypothesis. Similarly, Oliver Stone's flashback style is utilized to blatantly explain the character. The blu-ray is fine with extras that include deleted scenes, director's commentary, a couple of interesting featurettes (especially Dangerous Dynasty: The Bush Presidency), and the filmmaker's research guide. Anyone with an interest in this era of political history might better appreciate the extras over the film.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reasons revealed. Feb. 21 2013
By Bug
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This movie shows why GWB always sounded a bit, crazy. It's a good movie. Josh Brolin was excellent. The cast is really good as well. It's Oliver Stone after all so take everything with a grain of salt.
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