Frontier Former Editor

October 19, 2008

W.

I went to see the movie ‘W.’ It was like a five-year old sachertorte. It could have been delicious, but it was five years too late.

I just finished reading ‘Hubris’ by Michael Isikoff and David Korn a few days ago, and much of the film’s 2002-2005 moments track pretty well with that book.

Scott Glenn’s broad-brush portrayal of Donald Rumsfeld and Richard Dreyfuss’s Bela Lugosi-like depiction of Dick Cheney were enjoyable in an “I-told-you-so” way, and Thandie Newman was a well-done characature of Condoleeza Rice.

Toby James as Karl Rove; What an inspired piece of casting! Rove as a malignant Truman Capote.

Josh Brolin as Shrub – it deserves an Oscar for its depth in portraying someone so intellectually shallow.

As for Oliver Stone? Stone is pretty restrained here. Given the proven outlandishness of the real-life cast of characters inspiring, Stone didn’t have to resort (much) to methods already used in ‘JFK’ to move that version of events.

Most of the people I saw in the theater were, based on their demeanor and appearance, probably Democrat. The film’s appeal probably will be partisan and may have little if any real impact on the election.

But it still would have been better for this movie to have appeared before 2004.

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2 Comments »

  1. I am going to see it anyway..I have seen interviews and I know that Oliver was being merciful. You’re right about the timing but back in 2004 there might have been people protesting this as tratorous…
    now in 2008 with Dubya’s legacy in full view of the entire world, do you hear anybody raising a fuss now?

    *coyote howls in the distance
    Exactly!

    Comment by Donn — October 19, 2008 @ 8:48 pm

  2. I loved this movie. And Brolin no doubt should bring home an Oscar for making me actually LIKE ol Dubya.

    I never thought I would see the day those very words would be uttered from this mouth.

    Comment by Stiletto — October 23, 2008 @ 6:11 pm


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