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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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Frankly, Bush's life, rather like his presidency some would argue, is rather dull.
It is an interesting and believable angle, but the film's narrow focus leaves parts of Bush's story glaringly absent.
Upon just a surface-level viewing of the film, one might think that, objectivity-wise, it isn't really too bad.
it did not meet my expectations but that is my fault. i ordered the wrong one. W is what i wanted but not in Blu-ray. did not understand that blu-ray meants. Read morePublished 21 days ago by shirley lamb
Reasonably good insight into "W." the president. Lacking in back story of the Cheney and Rumsfeld manipulations. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Marvin Brown
Interesting story. A point of view that we don't always get to see of public figures.Published 1 month ago by Peter Dreis