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  • Actors: Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Banks, Ioan Gruffudd, Colin Hanks, Toby Jones
  • Directors: Oliver Stone
  • Writers: Stanley Weiser
  • Producers: Albert Yeung, Bill Block, Christopher Mapp, David Whealy, Elliot Ferwerda
  • Format: AC-3, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Spanish, English
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: PG-13
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • Release Date: Feb. 10 2009
  • Run Time: 129 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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Brolin/Banks/Burstyn ~ W

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 --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By S.H. on 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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Format: DVD
I still can't figure if Oliver Stone wanted to shame Americans, G.W. Bush, or the rest of the world with this film? Stephen Colbert used to ask his guests 'Would you say George W. Bush is a great president, or the greatest?' And if the interviewee's (including Stone himself I believe...) raised their eyebrows, chuckled, and/or said 'huh?' - Colbert would say 'I'll put you down for 'great' then..." And as much as I despise the two terms of presidency he led, I do think George was a great president. He's an ambitious, fun, likeable guy. And it's just those types of people that are easily exploited, taken advantage of, and hid behind when things go awry. And that's not to say anyone in his cabinet was being malicious either. I honestly think that G. W. was a lot like John F. Kennedy, in that he favored 'ideas' over people. Had Kennedy not been assassinated, he may have wound up with as much egg on his face as George did when the term(s) were up. The movie best shows when 'ideas' have no closure, responsibility, or repeal. It's one thing to put the meat on the table, but if someone doesn't cook it fast - it becomes vulnerable and tainted pretty darn quick. And we all should know the saying 'Too many chefs in the kitchen...' Bush had a lot of great people with him, great challenges to face, great ideas, and possibly TOO much faith that some higher power would be steering his ship to safe harbor. And possibly and/or ironically that higher power may be indeed Barrack Obama? Was it merely 'born luck' for George? Or was it his simplistic zeal and demand for a new way of thinking that hit America 'out of the park' on him? A definite 'Stone Cold' movie right there on the table.
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Format: Blu-ray
“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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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gloria Renkas on March 13 2009
Format: DVD
I had a preconceived conception of George W Bush before I saw the movie. Who doesn't? Son of a rich man from a rich family, a slacker, a drunk, a failed business man etc. etc.
However, as I watched the movie I was encouraged to delve a little deeper into the man's inner being. What I saw there was a boy of whom not much was expected, an accomplished family joker looking for attention, and who grew up and became the President - against all the odds against him - and used his newly found power of the Office to do whatever he wanted. No one could tell him what to do!!! Finally!!!
This is another of Oliver Stone's thought-provoking, and phsycological biographical epics, and definitely worth the time to watch it!
Well done, Mr. Stone
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