Sunday, October 19, 2008
If nothing else, this is a pretty entertaining movie. Like I had heard, it's an unflattering but weirdly sympathetic (or at least empathetic) portrait of Bush, more of a character study than a political commentary.
I love Oliver Stone, but I suspect we're past the era of his best films. This is a good one, and so was World Trade Center, but gone is the passion, the sense of urgency, the ridiculous chances he used to take. I know a lot of people viewed Oliver Stone as a left-wing lunatic, and to some people he probably seems more matured and subdued now... but it was exactly that lunacy that made some of his earlier pictures so great. I mean, love him or hate him, agree or disagree, JFK and Natural Born Killers are both works of a kind of epic vision; really reaching for something beyond what films normally do. (Whether he achieves it or not is up for debate). Aside from a few touches here or there, and W. is a pretty standard, albiet well made, biopic.
I mean, I was at least hoping that Bush would see a dancing Indian in the Oval Office, but we're not that lucky.