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W.

2008

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Controversial filmmaker Oliver Stone takes on the life and presidency of George W. Bush, capturing the alleged notorious moments in his life.

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Josh Brolin, Colin Hanks
Runtime:
2 hours, 9 minutes

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Genres Drama
Director Oliver Stone
Starring Josh Brolin, Colin Hanks
Supporting actors Toby Jones, Dennis Boutsikaris, Jeffrey Wright, Thandie Newton, Scott Glenn, Richard Dreyfuss, Bruce McGill, Wes Chatham, Jesse Bradford, Sean Stone, Ben Mayer, James Cromwell, Juan Gabriel Pareja, Shea Lewis, Randal Reeder, Marley Shelton, Litt Martin, James Ron Parker
Studio Lionsgate
MPAA rating PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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By Reviewer Dr. Beth #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 20, 2008
Format: DVD
To be honest, I am a liberal who went to this movie expecting to see a funny parody of George W. Bush along the lines of a Michael Moore film. While I did laugh at times during the film, I left the movie feeling strangely sympathetic towards poor W. Stone plays it surprisingly straight, presenting Bush as the kid who had trouble finding his way as a grown-up. The main focus here is on Bush's relationship with his father, particularly his efforts to constantly try to please George the elder and falling short, especially when compared with his brother Jeb. Stone effectively weaves in flashblacks from Bush's college and early adult years with his first term as President. Some major events, including the 2000 election and September 11th, are given almost no attention, but again, that's not the main focus of the film.

The movie is superbly cast. Josh Brolin does an amazing job as W.; he manages to capture Bush's mannerisms in a portrayal that is uncannily accurate without becoming a caricature. Then there's James Cromwell, who looks and sounds nothing like George Bush senior but somehow manages to depict the former President perfectly just the same. Most of the other supporting roles are excellent as well, from Richard Dreyfuss as Cheney to Jeffrey Wright as Colin Powell; the one exception was Thandie Newton's Condoleezza Rice, who DID feel more like a caricature.

No matter which side of the aisle you find yourself on, this is an engrossing movie with the potential to appeal to many different types of people, and I definitely recommend it.
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Oliver Stone's "W." is one of the year's most absorbing films, and that's because, as the tagline suggests, it reveals that George W. Bush has been greatly misunderestimated. Watching this film, we see not the forty-third President of the United States, the former Governor of Texas, or even a politician in general. From my perspective, we're being told about an insecure man who reaches too far in an attempt to earn his father's approval. This movie is not a political commentary--it's a character study. Better still, it's a character study that's more or less historically accurate, with Stone and writer Stanley Weisner relying on published works and in-depth reports for the screenplay. Liberties were obviously taken; after all, there's no way anyone could know exactly what was said behind closed doors. But all the basic scenarios are well documented, which is to say that the film never once felt contrived. The end result is a compelling, complex, and occasionally funny examination of a person who always has something to prove.

Josh Brolin is perfectly cast as the title character, flawlessly capturing the mannerisms and diction we've become so familiar with over the last eight years. We see him as a determined but incompetent man who claws his way up to the presidency without the necessary skills. Pay close attention to scenes featuring W. in staff meetings; it quickly becomes clear that political heavyweights like Dick Cheney (Richard Dreyfuss), Karl Rove (Toby Jones), Condoleeza Rice (Thandie Newton), Colin Powell (Jeffrey Wright), and even the infuriated Donald Rumsfeld (Scott Glenn) are making all the important decisions. As for W., well, let us not forget that the real President Bush publicly declared that his faith in God influenced his foreign policy decisions.
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I appreciated the thoughtful insight into the father-son conflict, and George W.'s feelings of inadequacy as a result. This aspect of the movie was very well done. The movie explores the reason(s) why George W. was the complete polar-opposite of his father and why he was so doggedly resolved in the mindset of "my way or the highway." During the movie, I actually felt sorry for him. Later, I read a piece about the vicious sibling rivalry between George W. and Jeb. The lack of affection and affirmation by George Sr. helped to create a insecure bully and an insecure President. What a sad, historic tale. Thandie Newton acts like a cartoon character, but everyone else is spot-on. Josh Brolin is amazing, especially in capturing the emotions of yearning for approval and disappointment.
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This film shows the Bush family dynamics that I was unaware of. It has a lot of flashbacks which I don't care for a story telling technique. It also doesn't hold W as personally responsible for his administration's policies. Well acted.
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Seems like Oliver Stone had an agenda to just embarrass the former President. Seems rather one-sided. But I found the acting and some information in this film to be interesting. The cast was superb!
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Reasonably good insight into "W." the president. Lacking in back story of the Cheney and Rumsfeld manipulations. Only insight into that was, spoiler alert, "Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice, won't get fooled again."
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good acting job but that was all. Even as a person who did not agree with his politics I thought it was completely unbalanced. There is no way he was that big of a moron. It was a smear job, not an honest portrayal.
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Superficial. Cartoonish. Film makes the point that W's presidency was all about W and his demons and not about what was best for US and world. That point could have been made in a half hour short movie.
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