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Flashbacks to key events in his life reveal the rise of George W. Bush from ne'er-do-well party boy and son of privilege to president of the United States. After trading in booze for religion, George mends his aimless ways and sets his sights first on the Texas governorship, then on the presidency. But the country's involvement in the Iraq war decreases his approval rating.

Josh Brolin President George W. Bush
Elizabeth Banks Laura Bush
Ellen Burstyn Barbara Bush
James Cromwell George H.W. Bush
Toby Jones Karl Rove
Richard Dreyfuss Dick Cheney
Thandie Newton Condoleezza Rice
Jeffrey Wright Colin Powell
Scott Glenn Donald Rumsfeld
Ioan Gruffudd Tony Blair

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Oct 27, 2008 - eiodland on W.
One of the worst films I've seen in recent years

W is an example of a filmmaker's failure to deliver a clear message. The general tone is that of a serious drama, with bouts of tiresome goofiness and "Bushisms" scattered thoughtlessly throughout. While the characters are dressed to physically resemble their real-life counterparts, their highly caricatured personalities are nowhere near target. Some actors, such as those who played Condoleezza Rice and Colin Powell, seem as if they have not researched their characters at all.
Worst of all is the portrayal of the main character, George W. Bush. Although the actor does a fairly good job of tackling the real Bush's mannerisms and way of speaking, the character seems to be written haphazardly. There is an attempt to create a sympathetic character, while at the same time making him out to be a complete idiot. Not a funny, charming, cleverly written idiot, but an exasperating idiot that you wish would go away. The film would have done well to choose just one angle: either keep the portrayals accurate and avoid desperate attempts at appeasing people who already hate Bush, or put the whole thing in an all-out comedy format. Some people can pull off both seriousness and comedy in one film. W fails at this.
Lastly, for those who already have a general idea of what went on in America for the past 8 years, the film offers no new insight into American politics. Besides perhaps the thin father-son plot, there is absolutely nothing shown in the film that any well-informed citizen doesn't already know. There are no thought-provoking twists, no revelations, no epiphanies. In the end, it seems like the only thing the film is standing on is the fact that it is about somebody famous. Yet despite the real George W. Bush being a generally easy target for ridicule, W manages to fail on all fronts.

Oct 21, 2008 - nodrog on W.
A Plausible and Disturbingly Comic George W. Bush

Like a blackout, drunken, haze, this film pulls the viewer along in a surreal blitz of W's life in politics. Centered on the Iraq War with a sequence of flashbacks tracing his rise to power the viewer is left with a montage of George W. Bush. Tremendous performances by the entire cast with Richard Dreyfus as Cheney an obvious choice for an Oscar nomination this year.

Oct 21, 2008 - art527 on W.
W. gets a F!!

This film and I barely cal it that was really bad!!

I would expect more from Oliver Stone!!! It was dry and went on and on!

Oct 20, 2008 - Sylar on W.
Will be more enjoyable during Obama's 2nd term

Basically, this will be hilarious once the problems this guy caused are being resolved.

This movie definitely portrays GWB as being more or less a man-child with far too many powerful connections, trying to gain the approval of a distant father figure while being manipulated by war-hungry bastards.

Also, someone turned the "Bushisms" knob up to 11 and broke it off.

Oct 19, 2008 - ANithian on W.
Totally worth seeing

While I am not a fan of the father son relationship depicted (I am not sure how hostile the relationship actually was); I was pleased to see that this was not a movie totally bashing the president and his policies nor was it an SNL style caricature of the political figures involved. The resemblance of the actors chosen (plus makeup of course) was amazing given that these figures are so well known and fresh in our minds. Oliver Stone, known for his political docudramas, did a wonderful job in focusing the movie on certain key events in the Bush presidency and his past. For me, this wasn't a huge comedy to me because watching this reminded me of where we are in current events but I was glued to my seat from that last preview to the middle of the closing credits.

Oct 18, 2008 - Auntiejoan on W.

Couldn't wait to see this Oliver Stone movie! It did not disappoint. It boasts an extraordinary cast, all of whom shone as the characters in George's life. Josh Brolin did an exquisite job as George, whom we found to be a haunting character. I would consider this movie a must see for all because it makes you THINK and FEEL. It is time again for us to realize that life is mostly gray; not black or white like we have been "taught" by a self-serving government.

Oct 18, 2008 - whome on W.

save your money.
the movie put w in the role of victim. it is less about w's role as a lousey president than it is a story about a difficult father-son relationship where w never got the recognition he always wanted from his father.