I don't think Oliver Stone will tell us
anything new in this film, but everyone who is either for or
against this president wants to know what makes George W. tick.
This movie has a degree of sympathy and
a fair amount of ridicule.
It straddles the two poles, inviting you
to think -- here's a guy totally out of his league as a commander-in-chief.
And at the same time it makes you feel
sorry for him.
I realized he's in over his head at times,
but please go and see for yourself. You'll be glad you did.
The director hits the mark in this "biopic"
of the current leader of the free world.
But it's Josh Brolin's performance that
brings it home.
A maverick in his own right, we get to
see the "decider" jump from job to job, school to school,
and then feet first into the wacky world of politics, surrounding
himself with his father's old staff.
It's a recent history lesson that we know
all too well.
It's surprisingly sympathetic and compassionate
for an Oliver Stone film.
The bold one in this film is the outstanding
star, Josh Brolin, who does such an unusual job in the title
role that he carries every scene he's in to a place of artfulness
and completeness far beyond what the director needs to make his
Brolin is clearly the party leader, nailing
Bush's posture and gestures without stooping to easy mannerisms.
The director fixes on the fumbles and entitlements
of an intellectually brought down bad boy son struggling to please
a disappointed noble father.
It's the story of a man you think you know,
but don't know.