Flick Crit: W. – With God On His Side

Latest film review at Cinema Takes is W. – With God On His Side:

Unless you’ve been in coma for the last 8 years, it is impossible not to have an opinion about George W. Bush and his years as leader of the “free world”.

W. was a disappointment as a president. In many ways so is the movie W. Oliver Stone has presented the George W. Bush most of us know about. Drunk, wastrel, drifting from job to job, living in dad’s and brother Jeb’s shadows. Then AA, born again Christian, family man, successful Texas Rangers baseball team owner, Texas Governor and finally the ultimate office. His early life as the black sheep of the Bush clan transformed into a remarkably successful electoral career after becoming Governor of Texas in 1994. His actual achievements are more contentious.

I can’t bring myself to read the intimate details of W.’s White House or his family life so others can argue about the accuracy of his backstage life. Given Stone’s notorious tendency to make-believe, National Security Council meetings may not have finished with a prayer.

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4 Responses

  1. Who? 😉

  2. renniek, good stuff…I still can’t bring myself to watch ‘World Trade Center’, ‘United 93’ & I doubt I’ll see this until the poisonous atmosphere that Bush & co. & some of the Islamic fundies created has dissipated a bit more.

    My favourite Stone period was 86 – 91:

    Salvador (1986)
    Platoon (1986)
    Wall Street (1987) (Gecko unfortunately turned out to be an idol for plenty of market gamblers and idiots)

    Talk Radio (1988) (brilliant claustrophobic atmosphere at the time)

    Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
    The Doors (1991)
    JFK (1991)

    As for Natural Born Killers (1994)…technically brilliant…but the social effect was not positive.

    But I did find his Comandante doco in 2004 quite intriguing. Interviewed Cuban President Fidel Castro and such.

    His screenwriting career is interesting too:

    Midnight Express (screenwriter) (1978)
    Conan the Barbarian (screenwriter) (1982)
    Scarface (screenwriter) (1983)
    Year of the Dragon (screenwriter) (1985)
    (Wiki pedia)

    Mickey Rourke sure looked different back in the ‘Year of the Dragon’ days.

    Seems he’s still a fine actor tho. Don’t judge a book by its cover eh? Fine old adage.

  3. Kevin, I have this movie among my imports and I forgot all about it. Thanks for this thread, it has reminded me. I’m guessing that the movie will only remind me of what a complete buffoon W was (and probably still is).

    It’ll be like watching images of the Holocaust. The viewer mutters to self: “How did they let it happen”.

  4. W, the joke only morons continue to laugh at……..

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