I found W. to be a really entertaining movie. Josh Brolin gave a great performance, and Oliver Stone once again does a good biopic of an American president, meaning that he can add W, to his collection.
I think I was a little stoned and paranoid when I wrote "new review," but I'll keep it because it entertains me. I like this movie.
MY NEW REVIEW:
What's most disturbing about this film is the portrayal of George H.W. Bush as an honorable elder, this coming from the same filmmaker who painted all of Bush's affiliates from the CIA as monsters in 1991's JFK. It's a confused message from an artist who is losing his audience over time. Oliver Stone is great at asking questions these days, as his 2004 film Looking for Fidel reveals a stunning, rare look at the 'great dictator' Americans perceive of Cuba's Castro.
Take a look below and you see a mind manipulated by pure cinematic spectacle and entertainment. Fast forward to 2011 and things are a little different. This is a sensitive piece by Stone - and I'm not sensitive to it anymore - one which reveals he might've gotten the idea being Stoned: "hmm, let's paint a portrait that makes George W Bush look like a complete, manipulated moron so people simply vote for anyone who looks smarter." He makes no attempt to reveal hidden facts as Fidel or JFK brought us. Like 2006's World Trade Center, it comes from the pressure of being sympathetic to an audience heavily manipulated by mainstream coverage. What does World Trade Center achieve? Just... remember shit like this sucks and it's really sad. What does W achieve? Just... remember the bad guys are everyone around the President, not the President himself - actually I would take that if it were left at that, but instead there's a tail end to it - and Dubya is just stupid. I really hope he corrects this film one day.
MY OLD REVIEW:
Frantic paced, New York-style, avant-garde filmmaking at its best. Director Oliver Stone presents to us a fair portrait of our 43rd President of the United States, George W. Bush. Stone colors the screen with top-notch performances, energetic staging and camera work, swift transitions, and entertaining music. There wasn't a moment I felt unabsorbed by this gem of a filmmaking job. Josh Brolin does the best Bush performance I've ever seen because he goes beyond mimicry and delves into genuine performance. It's less of a political movie and more of a human story, allowing us to sympathize with a man who the media generally tends to make us hate. I especially loved James Cromwell and Ellen Burstyn as Mr. and Mrs. Bush, both of whom looked far beyond the publicity stills their characters are most typically recognized by. This film comes strongly recommended from yours truly.
This review turned very political, which is inevitable considering its about our previous president, and about a movie released during the heat of a presidential election.
In summary this a movie about a recent American president, that manages to almost all the details right, while at the same time getting them wrong.