How does a man, born into privilege, but given over to drink, womanising, and drifting from one thing to the next, become the President of the United States? If you believe Oliver Stone, it’s because he found God at the age of 40. Or is it that he just decided that he’d had enough of his father putting him down and wanted to set the record straight, and prove for once and for all, that he could do something worthwhile with his life?
Stone sensibly defers making an absolute judgement on what drove George W Bush, but certainly implies a lot in this well thought out drama, that, mainly because its about Geroge W, verges on being a light comedy
If history portrayed by Stone can be believed, and you’d have to assume a certain amount of truth in a film like this, then it’s certainly an eye opening account of a life turned around, but also a life that lost something along the way. Lost what you may ask. A marble or two perhaps.
Now if you’re not really into politics, especially American politics, W. will have you wondering from time to time what you have let your self in for, but if you came to W. thinking it wouldn’t be very political, you’d best join W in his search for some missing glass balls.
Whilst not reaching the heights of the most entertaining film of the year, W. is outstanding in at least one way, and that is Josh Brolin’s portrayal of George W. It’s this alone that makes the film worth watching.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read
Rating: [M] Contains offensive language
Release date: November 25th, 2009
Stars: Jeffrey Wright, Scott Glenn, Ellen Burstyn, Noah Wyle, Richard Dreyfuss, Ioan Gruffudd, Elizabeth Banks, Sayed Badreya, Michael Gaston, James Cromwell, Toby Jones, Stacy Keach, Josh Brolin
Length (Minutes): 129
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Supported Audio: Dolby Digital Surround 5.1
Director: Stone, Oliver
Studio: Sony Pictures