Movie Review – W.

“W.” is a movie showing the more troublesome times the former President has had both before his days in the Oval Office and during his Presidency. We see a goofier side of the 43rd President who has given this country so many memorable quotes. We get an insider glimpse of what it may have been like to be the Leader of the U.S. during one of its most difficult times – 9/11. Oliver Stone’s “W.” is surprisingly more unbiased than I expected and I did actually learn a lot about GW.
- It's Funny – You have to admit that his Presidency was riddled with hilarious Bushisms. The movie takes advantage of that. Thrown in here and there are “misunderestimated,” “Internets,” and other famous word mangles. It also takes advantage of his quirky personality, his odd laugh and unique life experiences.

- The Right Actors - Josh Brolin is phenomenal. He looks like the former Pres, he nails the accent, the laugh, the walk, everything. It’s fascinating to watch! Also, Elizabeth Banks as Laura Bush is wonderful to watch. Banks’ subtle humor and goofiness portray a side of the First Lady I’ve never seen.

- Personality – It’s great that this movie isn’t someone else’s opinion of President George Bush’s career. Instead, it’s someone else’s perspective (combined with a ton of research) on GW’s personality and life.

- Relating to the President – Stone chooses moments in Bush’s life that show him in a very relatable light. Bush is self doubting, wants to live up to his parent’s expectations, wants to find love, enjoyed his college days, has some sibling rivalry with his brother, etc., issues that every day folks deal with too. Go figure!

- Disrespectful? – If you’re a huge Bush supporter, you might find that the choice of life moments such as Bush’s alcohol usage and funny phrases as President a little disrespectful (although, personally, I think that it is very well done, and more of a humors homage than insulting).

“W.” surprised me with how unbiased it presents one of the most controversial leaders of our nation. I kinda think the President would enjoy this movie (he seems to have a fairly decent sense of humor). It’s funny and honest and you can’t help feel for the eldest son of this political family. I’d certainly recommend “W.” to any Republican or Democrat, just keep this in mind, “It's a behind-the-scenes approach, similar to Nixon, to give a sense of what it's like to be in his skin. But if Nixon was a symphony, this is more like a chamber piece, and not as dark in tone.” Oliver Stone.

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So may the prayers, tranquilizers and JD be with you and see you next time.

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