Oliver Stone's W.

The director assigns motive to Dubya's MO, but at this point, who cares?

Josh Brolin as Dubya
Josh Brolin as Dubya


Directed by Oliver Stone. Written by Stanley Weiser. Starring Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Banks, Ellen Burstyn, and James Cromwell. Rated PG-13.

Many more people will see W.'s choice moments as de facto campaign ads on television or YouTube than will ever sit through the movie. W. might be opening at a good time, but it doesn't exactly promise one. Stone omits the stolen 2000 election, stops short of the 2004 campaign, and spares us the second term, but this is still a painful movie to endure. I blame history more than Stone for that — it's a shame that when the filmmaker contemplated the nature of imperial hubris four years ago, the gods decreed he should unleash Alexander rather than this. Back then, W. might have actually made a difference.

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