Release Year: 2008
Director: Oliver Stone
Writer: Stanley Weiser
Starring: Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Banks, Richard Dreyfuss, James Cromwell, Jeffrey Wright, Toby Jones, Thandie Newton, Scott Glenn, Bruce McGill, Ellen Burstyn
A biopic of the life of George W. Bush from youth to end of his first term as president.
Considering the harsh and politically charged films of Oliver Stone, this somewhat gentle and sympathetic biopic of George W. Bush is quite a surprise. The film follows young Bush, son of a vice president, later president, and younger brother of the high achiever Jeb, the one supposed to become president. The portrayal of the family relationship is hardly realistic, and the film skirts somewhat too easily over the more controversial aspect of his presidency, basically portraying him as good-natured if somewhat goofy character with daddy issues. The relationship between him and Laura is endearing, though. But why they would choose to show en elderly Laura with good facial make-up and a youthful lightly dressed body is unfathomable. The performances are good, especially Brolin (No Country for Old Men, 2007) who captures the body language and speech pattern of Bush extremely well. However, the film leaves and uneven impression. It is hard to tell whether it is subtle satire or straight ou biopic with a twinkle in the corner of its eye.
Richard Dreyfuss, who plays vice president Dick Cheney, was open about his disappointment with the film and his dislike ofr Oliver Stone. The feeling was mutual and Stone said that working with Dreyfus was the single worst working experience he has had with an actor.
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