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A surprisingly sympathetic portrayal of the 43rd American president, W. is fascinating in spots, but merely rudimentary as a whole.



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Whether you love him or hate him, there is no question that George W. Bush is one of the most controversial public figures in recent memory. In an unprecedented undertaking, acclaimed director Oliver Stone is bringing the life of our 43rd President to the big screen as only he can. W takes viewers through Bush's eventful life -- his struggles and triumphs, how he found both his wife and his faith, and of course the critical days leading up to Bush's decision to invade Iraq.

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Josh Brolin
as George W. Bush
Elizabeth Banks
as Laura Bush
Ellen Burstyn
as Barbara Bush
James Cromwell
as George H.W. Bush
Richard Dreyfuss
as Dick Cheney
Scott Glenn
as Donald Rumsfeld
Ioan Gruffudd
as Tony Blair
Toby Jones
as Karl Rove
Thandie Newton
as Condoleezza Rice
Jeffrey Wright
as Gen. Colin Powell
Stacy Keach
as Earle Hudd
Bruce McGill
as George Tenet
Jason Ritter
as Jeb Bush
Jennifer Sipes
as Susie Evans
Noah Wyle
as Don Evans
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  • Oct 05, 2016
    It does a pretty decent job in humanizing an imbecile and making us almost sympathize with him as we see his efforts to prove himself to his family, but Oliver Stone plays it too safe and this semi-satire is also harmed a bit by its perfunctory jumps in time and random flashbacks.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 08, 2011
    Critics complained that 'W.' lacked all the facts - these people should not be film critics. This is a movie in, roughly, three parts: father-and-son Freudian content; Bush's troubled early and college years; and it focuses on the Presidency. What is more important is that it focuses on the man behind the dolled-up doofus we hate. Just like Oliver Stone's portrait of 'Nixon' this is not bias - if anything it piques empathy for the man (not enough for him to be the worst President ever). Oliver Stone's 'W.' is the film that needed to be made about Bush. The scene where the Iraq war is planned is a masterful scene that ranks up there with Stone's best directing. Josh Brolin was in this? Yes, but it's hard to know it's him because he is George W. Bush every second. Where's his Oscar?
    Jonny B Super Reviewer
  • Jan 15, 2011
    A wonderful biographical piece. Whether you hate or love Bush,he has a lot of impact in the world we live in today. The move give us some interesting insight to the Bush's precidency and how he reach it. Josh Brolin is brilliant to play Bush Jr. The story is delivered to the audience in strange way, but great. It is divided to parts before he become president and when he's the president. I waited for the second election, but I don't think they are filming that. Some important part of Bush precidency might be left out due to the early release. But it is very enganging one.
    Nadira I Super Reviewer
  • Nov 29, 2010
    For years, I've always took Oliver Stone's films to be mediocre, his last good film was Natural Born Killers. After that, his career was a constant string of mediocre films. But W. is a better film than what his recent films have been. This is one of Oliver Stone better films in recent memory as Alexander and World Trade Center weren't good. But in W. Stone paints a unique portrait of one of the most controversial in recent memory. Josh Brolin delivers a strong performance as George Bush, and in the film he really does look and act like him. The film follows the rise of George Bush from University to his run for Governor to his presidency. The thing that surprises me the most about the film is the fact that this was released while Bush was in office. The film has a good dose of drama and comedy, as the film tends to show the ineptitude of George Bush. The cast alongside Josh Brolin is well picked and give great performances especially James Cromwell who gives a great performance as Bush senior. W. is Oliver Stone's best film since Natural Born Killers. Everything from the casting and story is good, but this is not a film for everyone because it kinda drags on at times and it's slow. But to those want a personal look into this politicians life, then give W. a viewing. W. is a near flawless portrait of George Bush, not perfect of course but it gives you a look at his life and his presidential legacy, as much as George Bush was hated by the general public, he has made an impact in politics.
    Alex r Super Reviewer

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