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
Disliked the movie! Too many scenes of W eating and talking. It was Oliver Stone's way of showing how much he disliked W. No one comes out looking good. Thought Brolin had the mannerisms down, but Rice appears to be an idiot.
This movie was WAY too biased against "W" - I expected to hear a bit about his life and his presidency, and all it focused on was negative and exaggerated (not to mention spaced out Oliver Stone style - I should have known!). Very disappointing.
The acting is of poor quality, there isn't much of a plot, and the portrayal of "W" and Condalisa Rice is much like something you might see on Saturday Night Live. What a joke!
FYI: I consider myself open minded and centered in my political views.
This movie provides an amazing insight into the life of GWB. The likeness of real life people was convincing. Although the sound track on the Blu-ray is 8 channels, I wouldn't say this is a reference demo disc for your home theater surround sound.
Very well acted, bravura performances by Brolin, Banks, Dreyfuss, Glenn, Keach, Newton, Wright, the underrated Bruce McGill and Burstyn. James Cromwell's "Poppy" was missing any resemblance to the famous president's mannerisms (or it may just be that Dana Carvey has ruined me for any other portrayals of GHWB). The thing that amazed me most about the film was that it did not spawn a barrage of high profile lawsuits from the Bushes, Condeleeza Rice and half of Texas!
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?