While W. is fun to watch mainly because of dynamite performances from Brolin, Banks, Cromwell, Dreyfuss, and Toby Jones, the timing of this movie makes it instantly erroneous and irrelevant as an interpretation of history. It is simply too close to the events for it to possibly say anything remotely interesting about George Bush, it's a subject that can't be properly examined for a long time.
Points for Josh Brolin but the rest of this movie is astonishly boring. All I saw were a bunch of vignettes/dramatic re-enactments from Bush's life that I'd already heard about. I'd expect something more illuminating from Stone.
Not great which was a disappointment as I do like Stone. Missed the ball on several notes. I'm by no means a fan of Bush but I thought they should have included a scene when Bush saluted the soldier. Also Thandie Newton's performance was atrocious. Comparable to Jar Jar...and I'm being generous. Whoever hired her as Condoleezza Rice failed and should be fired. The rest of the acting was good and I did enjoy Brolin.
One of Oliver Stone's most overlooked masterpieces! A film not for Bush or against Bush, but about Bush. Based mostly on fact, here is a movie not about the bad decisions, but about the man who made those bad decisions. Just like the last shot represents (to me), Bush was set up for so much greatness, but because of things that weren't totally in his control, he failed. And he will forever be tortured by that.
A film that gets better with each viewing. Oliver Stone is one of the great American filmmakers and this is a triumphant return to form. He has never been afraid to tackle difficult subjects and this is no exception. I have a feeling people will not be able to see this film objectively for some time, but if you can see it that way you find so much humor, keen observation, brilliant acting, and great storytelling.
The nation's first mentally challenged president (and not in a huggy, gentle Special Olympics way like my late brother) gets the Oliver Stone treatment...while we laughed at his charmling mangling of Americanese, Dubya ignored warnings of threats, then, when threats resolved into horror, started wars based on false/shoddy evidence, avoided impeachment/the ICC, and, the coup de gross, began a 1-person human zoo, shhhh
Whilst some of the performances are fun (though nothing that wasn't bettered on SNL), I still don't understand what drove Oliver Stone to make this film and I don't think he knew either. Tries to attack and humanise "dubya" at the same time. The political landscape has changed so much now that this flawed film has been consigned to curio status.