Friday, 24 October 2008

W. Oliver Stone film

Oliver Stone wanted to get his latest film out before the US Presidential election. W. As in George W Bush, is a film not just about his time as President but follows him from his time at college, via Baseball team owner to the White House. Some reviews in the USA have slated the film but have also said that many have come out of the cinema with more of a liking for Bush. this did not seem to be the feeling of those in the cinema in Union Square when I watched the film.

Powell comes out of the film in a good light but Condoleezza Rice comes out as very dim women, Cheney comes out as dangerous and cunning, and Rumsfeld as dangerous and stupid. Karl Rove was the interesting character, not that well known over here but an important person in both the George W Bush administration and his fathers. A spin doctor that makes Alastair Campbell look like a member of the St Johns ambulance.

The film may be a bit long and drags in parts but I would recommend you go and watch it when it comes out over here, but do not make this a film to be used as an anti US vehicle, this is only a film and the view of one man, Oliver Stone. The USA should be congratulated, for allowing a film like this to be made and for it to be watched in full cinemas. How many good political films have we made over here? In the USA this film will be followed very quickly by Nixon v Frost another strong political film which will open the debate about the power of the President.

Favourite quote of the film?

Asian Journalist: Mr. President, what place do you think you will have in history?

George W Bush: History? In history we'll all be dead!

Oliver Stone and the 'young' Bush

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