Synopsis: W. covers the time from G.W. Bush’s college years at Yale (1966) through 2004. We see him winning the dubious honor of reciting the nicknames of frat brothers while marinating in screwdriver mix, drunkenly driving a car onto his poppy’s lawn and getting into a fight with said poppy, knocking up a girl, getting fired from an oil field, and generally failing at every task his poppy gives him. We get it, as if we didn’t already know, he is a loser. Meanwhile, his brother Jeb, is making great grades and earning accolades at whatever he tries. An Oedipal relationship is suggested between W and his dad. Eventually, W, or Junior as he detests being called, sees the light and is reborn, meets Laura and decides to run for office in congress. He loses. He then runs for governor and wins. The movie includes all your favorite “Bushisms” too. W’s military career and 9/11 are skipped over, but the decision to invade
Review: Casting was very well done and all-in-all it is a very strong cast. Especially the supporting cast. Standouts were: Noah Wyle as Don Evans, Jeffrey Wright as Gen. Colin Powell, Thandie Newton as Condoleezza Rice, Bruce McGill as George Tenant, Stacy Keach as Earle Hudd, Ioan Gruffudd as
I have to think that the real George Walker Bush is not nearly that sympathetic a guy. He has to be way more selfish than that, and I don’t think that is the message that Oliver Stone meant for us to get out of this movie. It just can’t be. He shows us a selfish guy throughout this movie. The guy who after visiting disabled veterans, gives ups sweets to honor them. It must be just bad casting that lead me to this improper conclusion.
Generally, watching the movie was like torture. Sure, the casting was great, the acting was great, but essentially what you are watching is a reenactment of painful events you already know in excrutiating detail, if you keep up with the news at all, but it as if you were there (as Walter Cronkite used to intone). I squirmed. Lots. During some parts, I couldn’t wait for it to end. This movie was not made for people like me at all (true liberals). This movie was made for people who don’t know that much about W.’s presidency. You know, the undecided’s. I’d say the first half of it was a comedy and then it wasn’t because the sick bastard got into office. And we Americans have to put a stop to these people who ‘get a calling from god’ from getting into office. It is all we can do. But I already knew that and hopefully so did you. I give it
*** of five stars.