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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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Family of Secrets the book
W. the Soundtrack
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Upon just a surface-level viewing of the film, one might think that, objectivity-wise, it isn't really too bad.
It's also a well known fact that Stone is not a fan of President George W. Bush and Stone isn't really known for keeping his politics out of his movies.
It is an interesting and believable angle, but the film's narrow focus leaves parts of Bush's story glaringly absent.
This was a fantastic look at the life of George W. Bush, played perfectly by Josh Brolin. It goes into detail about how and why he came to be president, and explores quite a bit of... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Esse J
Was Condoleeza Rice really Bush's sycophant lap dog, as portrayed?Published 5 days ago by R. Abdul-Ghani
This was a poorly written shot stories, but honest view of George W as a drunk womanizer. I confess I am a Liberal Democrat that this movie did mention some of his failed business... Read morePublished 5 days ago by TJ-STL
I do not believe this was a good depiction of who George W. really was.Published 10 days ago by R. Alvarez