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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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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.
Lots Of Extras On This Disc, Love the Movie.
Such coteries, of course, burrowed themselves elsewhere into the various branches of U.S. goverment and within the Civil Service, often establishing therein platforms for private gain (when "conflicts of interest" too seldom even were acknowledged), for suppressing competition, for "neo-con" manipulation of information, for circumvention or even outright elimination of publicly beneficial regulation (especially of financial institutions), and for skewing policy and its enforcement to their own favour and to the political, diplomatic, and military fortunes of their neo-con ideology. Stone alights fleetingly and obliquely upon some aspects of this here and there in his film, which, however, is far from emphasising the motives of personal enrichment as, under Bush Jr. and under Obama, the U.S. has been morphing into militaristic, autocratic kleptocracy.Read more ›
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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. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Johnny Rocker
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... Read morePublished on Sept. 6 2012 by S.H.