There has been much hoopla lately about Josh Brolin and his portrayal of current Commander-In-Chief, George W. Bush. I think it’s time Positively Celebrity weighed in on the matter, don’t you?
The Good: Josh Brolin and Thandie Newton are amazing. Everything you have heard about his portrayal of W. is true. He is spot on, especially during the scenes where W. is talking to Congress or the ”American People.” His vocal intonation and mannerisms are eerie in their accuracy.
Thandie Newton not only looks identical to Condoleezza Rice, she also sounds like her. I wish she would have had a bigger speaking part rather than standing in the wings for most of the film.
The Bad: The narrative structure is all off. Josh Brolin in a recent interview was impressed Oliver Stone was able to get the film edited in two and a half months. I hope Oliver (yes, I AM on a first-name basis
with him) releases the film on DVD in a director’s cut to offer more depth.
The story is of the current war on terror and the process leading up to it. Interlaced through the film are vignettes detailing W.’s life starting with a hazing at Yale. A great idea, in theory. The problem is the vignettes are not really related other than showing how much George Junior and Senior don’t get along.
So, rush to see it? No. Wait for it on DVD and hope they have expanded the story of W.’s childhood. If not, fast forward through all of that and just watch the bits on the war on terror.Read Also