Josh Brolin stars as George W. Bush in this Oliver Stone biopic that traces the head of state's rise to power from a privileged alcoholic to a born-again Christian whose belief in religious destiny helped move him to the top ranks of political power. Co-written by Stanley G. Weiser, Bush is produced by fellow Stone collaborators Moritz Borman and Jon Kilik, with Elizabeth Banks co-starring as the first lady, James Cromwell as the elder President Bush, Ellen Burstyn as Barbara Bush and Richard Dreyfuss as Vice President Dick Cheney. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi
This move dragged on and on - felt like it was 4 hours long. Not sure how much of it was based on facts, but as a republican I was not totally apalled but also found myself saying "how could they have known what was said in that situation? - a very slanted view". In parts of the movie I felt it was actually really sad. If you watch with an open mind it's OK, but very slow.
Boring from start to finish. Bush supporters won't like it since it paints W. in a poor light and isn't factual. Bush haters won't like it because it's boring and seems to be the director's vindetta against W. Oliver Stone was more interested in W bashing than making an interesting movie. Josh Brolin did do a good job at imitating W's manorisms.
This movie is not a parody, but it is comical in many respects. I am not a Bush basher like so many reviewers on here and I think Stone did a good job. Casting was great - most of the actors actually looked a lot like the real people. The movie showed Bush as an aggressive, take-charge, born-again, over-friendly Texan with a propensity to speak poorly just like we knew him. Josh Brolin plays off the language shortcomings in such an understated and natural way you might not catch all the English errors unless you listen really hard, but they are hilarious. Also loved the presidential seal cowboy belt buckle! All of the characters will have some familiarity with the possible exception of Condi Rice, who comes off as little more than a sheep-herding Steve Urkel-like nerd without an original thought. One gets the feeling Stone didn't think much of her.
For me, Stone has zero credibility for verasity after the travestry JFK film. Therefore, I suspect the script was simply his imagination.
Having said that, Brolin was excellent and so was the support cast, perhaps with the exception of the Rice character who appeared constipated throughout the film.
If I believed there was anything authentici about this film, it would have been at least 4.5 stars but probably fiction attmepting to pass as fact gets graded down.
I now understand completely why the he ran the country the way he did. He had been running his life the same way. The movie starts out slow going but captures your attention because you can't imagine that someone could actually do the things in his life that he did and then allow it to transfer over to how to run an entire nation. It was almost comical.
I was told this was a fair and unbaised attempt to tell Bush's story... didn't really believe that, and it is absolutely not true. That aside, the movie was boring, and horribly acted. Couldn't bring myself to finish it. I wanted to see this portrayal to learn some facts about his presidency, but honestly couldn't sit through such a poorly produced movie - Stone's worst!
I thought I would enjoy this movie because I really hate George Bush and think he was an idiot. I thought I would enjoy a slanted telling of his life that points out the large amount of stupid things he did. But, this movie felt really forced and manufactured. If you like Bush you'll hate this movie. If you hate Bush you still won't like this movie. It's just not very good. They didn't even cover the contested election of 2000. How can you just skip over that?