JackChalice, 9/30/2010 - 3:16pm "You are right as rain regarding Stone's portrayal of Nixon and the fact that Stone is a lot more fair than he's often given credit for (though that doesn't mean he's not a polemicist)...but I completely disagree with your assessment when it comes to Stone's take on W.
Not that there's anything wrong with the way Stone portrays Jr. Rather, I very seriously doubt he found him as fascinating as Nixon, admired him on any level and certainly cannot fathom that he liked him.
The loudest laugh of the movie is when Bush almost chokes on the pretzel. There's a perfect example where Stone could have played to sympathy but instead had fun at the near death of the boy.
It's too bad Stone doesn't explore the bursting of the sub-prime mortgage bubble and use this as a vehicle to engage the people and then explain to them how these crooks got inside the White House despite the conflicts of interest and then used their insider positions to enact (or retract) legislation that was most beneficial to the very sector they worked in...and would eventually return to in order to exploit the very laws they made.
I don't like that Shia LaBeouf kid. I don't get it. Brolin and Langella are fantastic actors however and I like your Hepburn comparison to Mulligan (poor Jennifer Love Hewitt). Charlie Sheen RULES!
Perhaps I need to gain some perspective as my expectations may have accounted for too much of my initial appraisal...but often allowing myself to do just that and then have them met but not only exceeded is the sort of thing that still has people like myself obsessed with the original almost 25 years later.
The original planted the seed; the sequel will harvest our redemption from those who exploit us and continuously affect our standards-of-living and as a result...our way of life.
We were primed, Mr. Stone. And you gave us melodrama."
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