W. \"Get Ready\" Teaser Poster

Let’s not let politics divide us.

I hope that Oliver Stone produces an unbiased look at George Bush with W., and I hope this as a liberal. I genuinely want to see how a guy like George Bush became president, and maybe see the events of his life in an accurate way so I could understand him a bit better. However, I just don’t see Oliver Stone presenting what did happen in George Bush’s life, rather, I see him presenting what “probably” happened.

That said, I was happy to see the clip below from W. crop up on CNN (of all places):

So here we have the future president (played with genuine swagger by Josh Brolin) meeting his future first lady (played nervous apprehensiveness by Elizabeth Banks) for the first time. Stone paints Bush as aggressive and arrogant when it comes to relationships and dating—an interesting interpretation of Bush’s character. I don’t know George W. Bush personally– I’ve only seen him give semi-literate speeches on the tube– so in all honesty don’t know what he’s like in his spare time, or what he was like decades ago when he was running for congress… So I’m not sure if this is an accurate or inaccurate adaptation of personality-to-screen… However, the characters (true-to-life or not) are interesting and the dialogue is well conceived.

It piqued a simple interest in me when I heard Laura (Welsh) say, “I read, I smoke… I admire.” It’s jarring to see someone who was only a figure standing beside her powerful husband take on a new life. Or it could just be that I’m a sucker for Elizabeth Banks.

In a way I wish this were like Citizen Kane—about Bush, but not directly about him. But that’s only me. It would be a small feat if Oliver Stone got me to sympathize with Bush, and a large one if he got me to like him.

W. will see a limited release on October 17th, 2008.

What do you say: Is there more to people than just how they vote, or how they run a country?


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