Trailer Blazer: 'W.'

"Who do you think you are? A Kennedy? You’re a Bush. Act like one." If I hadn’t known this teaser was for Oliver Stone’s W. ahead of time, I don’t think I would’ve realized the movie was even about our current Commander-in-Chief until he gets dressed down with this line by his father — played by James Cromwell with pretty much zero attempt to match George H. W. Bush’s distinct vocal cadences. I know a fair amount about George W. Bush’s, um, ne’er-do-well biography, but it’s still pretty jarring to place the same man who currently occupies the Oval Office at the wheel of a car crashing into someone’s front yard. Which, I imagine, is the point. Here, check it out yourself, and see what I mean:

Oliver Stone said in EW’s May cover story on W. that "Bush is not a complex and dark man, so… this movie can be funnier [than Nixon and JFK] because Bush is funny," and it would appear he made good on his word. And, goodness, does Josh Brolin look convincing as George Jr. (Meanwhile, I couldn’t even recognize Thandie Newton as Condoleezza Rice.) So tell me, PopWatchers, has this look at the movie convinced you it’s worth checking out? Or does living through eight years of this particular story feel like plenty for the time being?

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  • RustyShackleford

    Heh, the movie looks like a hoot and hopefully a good catharsis. I can’t wait to see it, laugh, and thank god he’s not literally running for a third term. Unfortunately, there’s still that other brain dead psycho, McCain, who can still potentially doom us all.

  • Dominique

    I’m sure you mean Josh Brolin :)
    And yeah, this looks hilarious. Of course, I’m Canadian and consequently exceedingly biased.

  • Jay

    I’m so watching this! Looks like a great laugh! Cause you know, anything Dubya does is funny…

  • Laura K.

    Yeah, I was going to say. James Brolin played REAGAN, not Bush.

  • Editor

    Good catch, PopWatchers. Of course we meant Josh, not James. D’oh!

  • Dana

    I was sold at Josh Brolin dancing on the tabletop in a sexy cowboy hat and tight jeans.

  • Dana

    I was sold at seeing Josh dance on tha tabletop in a sexy cowboy hat and tight jeans!

  • Chris

    Not impressed. I hate President Bush as much as the 75% of people in the US that despise him, but what is the point of this movie? To showcase that an idiot occupies the White House currently? I think the current $490 billion deficit already proved that. Plus, this pins the problem on Bush. Lets not forget that in 2004, Bush legitimatly won the presidency (not by much, but still). Maybe some accountability should be pinned on us and not on the fact that Bush is an ignoramous. Even if he is a total baffoon and the worst president in history.

  • Weston

    Another swipe at Bush. I’m surprised this didn’t come out a few years ago when it was, you know, relevant.

  • Johnathan

    I’ll see the movie, but I don’t expect it to be fair in the slightest.

  • Tyler

    While I’m not a fan of GW, I hope that this film is fairly unbiased and/or apolitical. I can go elsewhere to hear why I should hate/love Bush, and how he screwed/saved this country.
    For this film, I’m more interested in the story of the man than Stone’s personal politics.

  • Anna

    Eight years is more than enough for me, thank you. In fact, I was pretty much fed up with him after the first two.

  • Kevin

    I couldn’t watch That’s My Bush, I can’t watch Lil Bush, and I’m afraid I won’t be able to watch this. I stayed up all night back in 2000 to make sure this bozo didn’t become President. Sadly, we know that horrific result. These shows and movies, though good-intentioned enough to poke fun at this incompetant, just reiterate the simple, terrifying fact that somehow enough people in this great country of ours felt compelled to vote for a goober. I don’t like being reminded that, sadly, the majority of Americans are exactly what people in other countries think of when they think of “Americans”…a bunch of backwoods hick yokels.

  • meg

    I couldn’t stomach “Recount” and probs not this either, too soon.

  • RayT

    This looks so incredibly campy. Isn’t Oliver Stone done with biopics yet? I’m still laughing about how he went on a crazy tirade when everyone hated “Alexander.”

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