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Movie Review: W

Alternate Title: Daddy Dearest

Story: This film is as disappointing as the Bush Presidency. DirectorOliver Stone normally makes films that have clear points of view. This rushed to the screen effort left me cold. I could have handled any vision that the writer, Stanley Weiser and director Stone threw at me but there simply was no there ---there.

The film covers the first term of 'W's Presidency with the curious deletion of 2000 and 2001. Intermittent flashbacks to the youthful, directionless George, before he saw the light and got the call, are silly and downright fluffy. The run up to the War in Iraq is filled with fictitious conversations sandwiched between recent history's knowable facts.

Through all of the cinematic hogwash we get to see the relationship between 'W' and his father. Or should I say lack of a relationship. What I took away form this film was the fact that if 'W' had taken some time to get himself to a therapists' couch we all could have saved ourselves a lot of aggravation, lives and money.

This film needed an exit strategy. Stay away.

Watch the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=weELpc3pYMs

Acting: Josh Brolin as 'W' does an adequate job but I simply did not care. Elizabeth Banks as Laura, had some interesting screen time at first but faded into the walls. Ellen Burstyn as Barbara Bush, gave a very flattering portrait and I would imagine if the real Barbara saw this film she would like her portrayal best. James Cromwell as George H. W. Bush, was by far, the best. Richard Dreyfuss was a very scary Dick Cheney. Scott Glenn as Donald Rumsfeld, did not work for me at all. Toby Jones as Karl Rove, caught the essence of Bush' Brain. Stacy Keach as the Reverend Earle Hudd, did a fine job. Bruce McGill as George Tenet, was believableThandie Newton as Condoleezza Rice, looked like she was doing a cartoon version of the woman and Jeffrey Wright as Colin Powell, was fine as the voice of reason that eventually was snuffed out.

Trivia: Oliver Stone was in the same class as George W Bush at Yale but dropped out and went to fight in Vietnam. For his actions in the war, he was awarded a Bronze Star for Gallantry and a Purple Heart. Josh Brolin is the son of actor James Brolin and his mother-in-law is Barbra Streisand. Elizabeth Banks converted to Judaism after marrying husband Max Handelman in 2003.

Predilection: I like Oliver Stone films.

Critters: The Bush dogs.

Food: Lots of BBQ's and the infamous choking pretzels.

Sex Spectrum: Puhleeze.

Blatant Product Placement: Odools beer (or non-beer).

Soundtrack: An odd choice of tracks throughout.

Opening Titles: Black background with white type.

Theater Audience: Crowded for a weekday afternoon. There was one annoying guy who thought the film was hilarious. He was the only one laughing.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 0

Squirm Scale: The Bush Presidency makes me squirm.

Drift Factor: I started to look at my watch after only 35 minutes.

Oscar Worthy: No

Big Screen or Rental: Neither

Length: A bit over two hours.