Wednesday, October 1, 2008

W. preview/synopsis

W. Oct- 17th

Directed by Oliver Stone ( Platoon, Wall Street ) starring Josh Brolin as W, Elizabeth Banks as Laura Bush, James Cromwell as George Sr., Ellen Burstyn as Barbra Bush, Richard Dreyfuss as Dick Cheney, Toby Jones as Karl Rove, Scott Glenn as Donald Rumsfeld, Thandie Newton as Condoleeza Rice, Jeffrey Wright as Colin Powell, Ioan Gruffadd as Tony Blair, Jason Ritter as Jeb Bush and Bruce McGill as George Tenet. Written by Stone and Stanley Weiser ( Wall Street ), Cinematography by Phedon Papamichael ( 3:10 To Yuma, Sideways ) Editing by Julie Monroe (De-Lovely, The Patriot ) and Original Music by Paul Candelon ( The Other Boleyn Girl )

Stone " I wanted to be fair, and paint a true portrait of the man. How did Bush go from being an alcoholic burn to becoming the most powerful figure in the world ? It's like Frank Capra territory on one hand, but I also cover the demons he has had to fight as well. "

W. is a 3 act film, starting with Bush as a young man, mixed up as a lot of young men tend to be, then his transformation into his rise of power, from working for his family oil business into going into politics and making a name for himself other than just being George Jr. The director has admitted that the film is not a parody, and won't veer away from the good side of the man, but also will not hide the negative things either that some people believe where he was wrong. He also said the film is like the movie Network in tone, as they are satire's in a serious setting. It's not parody.
Cindy Adams of the New York Post wrote that pro-Bushies will hate the movie and anti's will love it.
Stone said in a recent interview that if Nixon was a symphony then W. is like a chamber piece, and not as dark in tone that Nixon was.
Rated PG-13 for Language, including sexual references, some alcohol abuse and brief disturbing war images.

Oscar chances ? Possible for Actor if Brolin knocks the performance out of the park and Screenplay.

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