W. (2008)

IMDB plot:

A chronicle on the life and presidency of George W. Bush.

In a movie about George W. Bush, you’d imagine that Oliver Stone would paint him as a really stupid person, incapable of adding 2 and 2. But, what you see in the movie, it’s not that.

The movie shows the history of GWB, from the early days till his presidency. And the movie paints a man that was born in a rich family, doesn’t like hard work, even with his father pressure and his fight to get over not one shadow (his father) but two (his brother, which was supposed to run to presidency instead of GWB.) And, in the end, the only bad thing in his presidency was Dick Cheney…

I think the acting was too much caricatured than the real thing. Richard Dreyfuss, playing Cheney, is really mean and greedy; Thandie Newton, as Condoleezza Rice, seems like she is more interested in flirting with men than doing politics (although, as far as I could tell from the TV, the real Rice was a very strong woman with a lust for power — not sex.) Josh Brolin, playing W., did a good work making him human and not a dumb guy from “Dumb and Dumber”, as all the rest of the crew.

So, the movie is not really a critique against George W. Bush, but to Dick Cheney.