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W. takes viewers through Bush's (our 43rd President) eventful life -- his struggles and triumphs, how he found both his wife and his faith, and of course the critical days leading up to his decision to invade Iraq.
Drama - This is not a hatchet job/attack on the current president but a
fairly even-handed look at his rise to office; that said, liberal
audiences are the target crowd. Those expecting something more
broadly comic as the trailers and ads suggest will be disappointment.
This is basically a one-man show for Josh Brolin as most of the
supporting roles are small.
Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Average Superficial, uninformative, and inert, this two hour snoozefest isn't even inflammatory enough to stoke a righteous anti-Bush brushfire.
Roger EbertFull Review Excellent Oliver Stone's 'W.,' a biography of President Bush, is fascinating. No other word for it.
USA TodayFull Review Good The short and snappy title W. reflects the style and focus of this entertaining but superficial biopic. Don't 'misunderestimate' us, to paraphrase President Bush: The performances are good (some scarily realistic), and the movie is enjoyable to watch. But as a probing analysis of the 43rd president, it falls short.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 64 moviegoers:
From the attitude of the people I gave review questionnaires to, I'm not sure these reviews are going to be very useful for this movie. I believe many viewers had such a strong opinion about the subject of this movie that they are possibly giving low reviews as a way of showing their disapproval. I personally didn't see anything in this movie that would warrant these mediocre reviews.
A Yale graduate, a sometimes Texas oilman, a one-time drinker and an Evangelical convert -George W. Bush was many things. But at the end of the day, he became the least likely of all: President of the United States.
How did this improbable character, long considered the black sheep of his esteemed family, transform himself into the Leader of the Free World? W. is the profoundly American story of George W. Bush, a man who wrestled with his personal demons in the long shadow of his father, found God at 40 and made an incredible turnaround that ultimately led him to the White House.
W. follows his journey from a Yale frat house to the oil fields and baseball diamonds of Texas, all the way to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. In the process, it reveals the making of the man who would become the 43nd President of the United States - his struggles, his achievements and the consequences of both.