Review

George W Bush is one of the most famous and recognisable men on the planet. As ex-President of the United States of America, he was in charge during the War on Terror following 9/11 and when Saddam Hussain was captured. He’s also seen by many as a bumbling fool who got into power through suspect methods and links to his business associates. Or thats what Michael Moore would have us all believe any way.

Josh Brolin (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps) has taken on the role of playing ‘W’ in a series of flashbacks of W in his younger days when he was going through college, trying desperately to impress his dad, Senator (and then President) George Bush and growing up – right through to the time when the White House officials are meeting about going to war in Iraq to control the oil fields.
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Its a change to see Bush being taken seriously – given the amount of press the man has had about being to blame for this and that and how much of a fool he is. Brolin does a great job of keeping the line very thin between a man who is in power and explaining how he got there and a man who isn’t entirely sure of the full facts and has the eyes of the world on him. From the accent and isms that Brolin captures of George W Bush to the remakes of some of Bush’s public speeches, W will reach out to audiences and make you watch if only to keep you expecting to see Bush do or say something you will know (Fool me once…).

If you’re after a film that has a lot of action or war room politics, you’re going to be disappointed. W is more of a bio on a man who has caused so many varied opinions. Even as a non-American we were enthralled by the whole story and ‘learning’ about the staff surrounding Bush, including a great appearance by Richard Dreyfuss as Dick Cheney and Jeffrey Wright as Colin Powell.

W will make you feel a bit more sympathetic towards the main man but as the film goes on and you see some of the things that are more private then you will start to form a new set of opinions and probably come full circle. But the whole time you should find yourselves glued to good drama.

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