W. (2008)

Oliver Stone follows up depictions of JFK and Nixon with this two termer and his pappy. George W. Bush gets a fair treatment on the big screen.

We cover a period of 40 years spanning W.'s university, marriage, career and presidency. The two greatest impacts on his personal life (which then spilled into his professional life) are his father's approval and his faith. 

The acting in the film is superb, especially Josh Brolin's title character, Jeffrey Wright's Powell, and Richard Dreyfuss's Cheney. There seems to have been a concerted effort to replicate the events as accurately as possible and then edit them together out of sequence to tell the desired story.

It's no secret that I dislike Bush and even more so his policies, but this film drew some humanity out and I felt bad for him, a little. Just a tiny bit. I still have more sympathy for his international victims than for him though.

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