Thursday, October 16, 2008

Still Hope for Stone's W.?

If you're like me, you check up Metacritic daily and the scores for the coming Friday. If you're like me, you can't help but be excited for Oliver Stone's W. and hope that the film presents Bush in a manner that is true but not altogether disrespectful. Needless to say, I've been looking for W. reviews all week, particularly on Metacritic. Since the beginning of the week, one critic after another has been writing up on Stone's mess of a film; each review worse than the next. Yesterday, however, Roger Ebert posted his review. Now, especially these days, Ebert will get it right 90% of the time...but that other 10% he gets it wrong (see last year's Rendition). I'm hoping his review is in that 90%. Ebert gives the film four stars and calls it "fascinating" and elaborates on the character of Stone's George W. Bush. Interestingly enough, while most of the negative reviews still point out that Brolin plays Bush exceptionally well, Ebert calls Dreyfuss the best in the cast.

Well, certainly this is the most controversial film this year: What are your pre-viewing thoughts? More and more positive reviews are coming out to balance the negative ones. Will this be the true love-it-or-hate-it film of the year? I've been very behind this film since the second trailer and TV spots have been coming out. Hopefully, I'll agree with Ebert.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Just saw it this afternoon. It's by no means a mess but hard to compete with what we have had to endure in reality. I doubt many people who like the creature know about the early hard-drinking days, and about Laura killing her college boyfriend in a horrible car accident in Midland, so there is new material for them. Once he gets to the White House, it falls off except for a truly frightening and brilliant performance by Mr. Dreyfuss as the other Evil Dick. You should add him to your predictions. Other than him, the rest of the cast is pretty pedestrian. I think Brolin will be much better in 'Milk,' which I am dying to see.