2008 **** 129 mins.
I must admit that I was pleasantly surprised by this film. Being a film about George W. Bush and directed by Oliver Stone, I expected it to be a bit more like i>Fahrenheit 9/11. Instead, it ended up being a pretty fair, accurate depiction of the man and his life. In the first half, the film does seem to be a bit heavy handed on the alcoholism, but it does still show his determination to be a better person. Besides, who doesn't have ghosts in his past? The performances were mostly wonderful. My only quibble was Thandie Newton's Condoleeza Rice. She was just very irritating. As for Josh Brolin, I was sorely disappointed he didn't get an Oscar nomination. He looked and sounded just like George W. Bush. I also was impressed with Jeffrey Wright as Colin Powell. If I didn't know better, I would have sworn Powell played himself. Overall, a very entertaining picture that, I fear, will not stand the test of time. In 20 years, people won't get a lot of it. This is a film that was truly made for the here and now.
Original theatrical aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (Super 35)
Rated PG-13 for language including sexual references, some alcohol abuse, smoking and brief disturbing war images.