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
The Whitehouse preached WMD's and the advertising for this movie preached an entertaining comedy about an underdog who lands the most important position in the world. Neither delivered.
Instead I got a movie about a guy who pines for his father's affection and becomes President, all the while never really getting said affection. There is no ARC in this flick, nothing is learned and many events of Bushy's administration are skipped. All those great phrases on the teaser poster are ditched. How a guy does a 180 with his life and becomes President in 10 short years isn't here. Nothing is really here, not even an extreme left view that W. screwed us. Nothing. The movie is pointless.
This is a movie you will watch once, forget, and NEVER watch again.
The movie was great if you hate Bush or bad if you did not. It was just a lot of hipe for Stone to add some cash to his bankroll. As far as award winning.... I don't think so unless for a political point.
This story tries to give a picture of the man and his life. From his background to his hijinks to his striving to become the President. It doesn't show all his bad points and nary a good point except when he visits a VA hospital. The inner circle for the War in Iraq demonstrates the group think, peer pressure reminisce of the Bay of Pigs and Vietnam. Oil becomes the key message and we know who is in charge of that as King of the Mountain. Laura is done well by Elizabeth Banks as is Barbara Bush and the elder George Bush. No displays of the Bush twins or other key issues with Ashcroft, the Supreme Court, the actual elections or campaigns in detail. Seemed a little soft on Karl Rove. You should see this even though the editing and story could have been much better. It chops from one year to another back and forth too much- makes me wish Scorese had done it. For the Supreme Court read Nine- a fantastic history of activities of the Court since 2000.
I think people aren't liking it more because it's really not that funny and W comes off more as a victim then a joke. The movie doesn't ridicule him enough to satisfy the publics thirst I don't think and it doesn't have quiet enough substance to make much of a biography or enough of a slant to make a good message film. It didn't put me to sleep and although I know how it ends it was interesting to see how they wanted to portray everyone. I liked it but if I only watched a few movies at the theater a year this wouldn't be one of them.
Oliver Stone is a one trick pony. Remember Platoon? I barely do, and that's about it. What a crazy communist nut job that idiot turned out to be. By the merits of this flick, I suppose the Obamanation film will top it when it's time. Obama is making the world forget W. in a few short weeks. I can't wait for when a batch of hostidges are held and he uses the old "we should try to talk to them" speech.
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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?