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W Reviewed!

Published October 7, 2008 in Early Reviews
By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Lionsgate
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After what I can only assume to be thousands of political debates spawned thanks to the ridiculous (and very funny) trailers W, the first consensus is finally in.

W Reviews

W not perfect? Well, no surprise there. How do you create a perfectly rounded film about a President who is still in office? Doesn't sound possible. What W. does do, however, is provide us with an idea on what such a film could look like ten to fifteen years from now; or so we're told. Eh, I might just see it anyway if only for what look to be great impersonations.

Check out two of the first reviews to surface for W..

Hollywood Reporter
Oliver Stone's "W." -- his take on the life and legacy of George W. Bush -- might be the first movie ever to come with footnotes.

To counter those who are going to characterize his film as propaganda by a latte-drinking Hollywood liberal, Stone aims to have a Web site up for the film's release that will detail all sources for the anecdotes in his film and the rationale about why, when and how they were used. But the real question is not whether W. got a girl in trouble during his wild youth or whether he really eats food, picks his teeth and talks at the same time. What matters is what led our 43rd president to need a war to prove himself.

Oliver Stone’s unusual and inescapably interesting “W.” feels like a rough draft of a film it might behoove him to remake in 10 or 15 years. The director’s third feature to hinge on a modern-era presidency, after “JFK” and “Nixon,” offers a clear and plausible take on the current chief executive’s psychological makeup and, considering Stone’s reputation and Bush’s vast unpopularity, a relatively even-handed, restrained treatment of recent politics. For a film that could have been either a scorching satire or an outright tragedy, “W.” is, if anything, overly conventional, especially stylistically. The picture possesses dramatic and entertainment value, but beyond serious filmgoers curious about how Stone deals with all this president’s men and women, it’s questionable how wide a public will pony up to immerse itself in a story that still lacks an ending.

Check out the entire reviews on W. by clicking the bold links above.

W opens to theaters on October 17th.

For the trailer, posters, stills and more movie info, go to the W Movie Page.

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