I liked it. It provided a view of Bush that i had already had...He is Anakin Skywalker. He want to do good but is pushed in the wrong way by his associates. I had no problems with the script or the execution the only problem was with THadie Newton's portrayal of Condi and the guy who played Colin Powell. Both of those performances reminded me of a bad Saturday Night Live Sketch. Other than that, there was no problems with the film at all.
I do wish that Stone would start taking Magic Mushrooms again and begin playing with FIlm Stocks again (ALA Nixon, JFK, and Natural Born Killers) I'm sure that this type of story wouldn't benefit from that style but it is just great Eye Candy from Stone.
I saw this last night. I dont like the Bushs. I read some really disturbing things about Senior years back,and I knew we were in for trouble when Junior got elected. A biography about GW Bush - if it was made by someone else, I prob would have passed, but Im a Oliver Stone fan so I was interested in seeing it.
My expectations were lowered quite a bit by James Bs unfavorable view, but I have to say I liked this more than I thought I would. I actually felt it could have been longer becuase as said it seemed like a few important things were glossed over - like the election and 911 (thought the election being "fixed" is mentioned in a dream sequence). If Lionsgate wanted the runtime down, maybe we'll get a longer cut on DVD & BR
There were a few complaints from people feeling like they were watching a SNL sketch with some of ther performances like C Rice - but I never felt that, after all Thadie was portraying a real person. Her performance was very lowkey. Immitating Rice, but not caricaturing her. I thought she was fine and actually did pretty well in the part. Big difference between her performance and what Tina Fey has been doing the past month - so I dont agree with the SNL comments at all.
A few scenes were pretty powerful. My fav of the film was the cabinet meeting deciding on the Iraq War with C Powell trying to be the voice of reason. VERY powerful stuff. Scenes like this are why I love film. So well done - all around.
Stone nails all the white house stuff.
Ellen B & James C are their usually reliable selves. I thought all the performances were really pretty good. Dreyfuss is wonderfully slimey as Cheney (who I think is truly one of the worst people on the planet). Special mention of course of Josh who carries the film and does a fantastic job.
Alot of the great moments here are watching these peopel interact with each other - the lunch with Bush and Cheney, when GW meets Laura,Colin and Cheney bickering,just about everything between senior & junior,etc
Stones portrayal of Bush was much kinder than I thought it would be.
Will definitely pick it up on home video.
Not up to par with Stones better films, but it is a good one.
edit: You know having seen the film I find the trailers to be kind of puzzling. They make the film out to be a mean spirited parody, which its not. My g/fs son wanted to see it because he thought it was a comedy.