Stone’s film is a total wet blanket, failing both as a political indictment and as a comedy. I remember feeling disappointed watching it after it first came out, and it hasn’t improved upon a more recent viewing. Josh Brolin does a wonderful imitation of the 43rd president, and brings a great deal of nuance to the character. Yet that’s not enough to carry its conventional storyline, told from W.’s perspective, which traces his journey of fratty ignominy at Yale to West Texas to the White House.
February 18, 2016