Today, I unexpectedly had a chance to catch a movie at the cinema. From the choices of Body of Lies, Madgascar, or High School Musical 3, my companions decided on W. Walking into the premise, I honestly had no idea of what kind of movie I would be seeing. My buddy told me it would be funny, and my other friend stubbornly told me it was most definitely NOT funny.
After seeing it, I would say that it is mildly funny, but it is a fairly accurate picture of what most Americans think of the Bush, Jr., Presidency. With that said, flashing pictures of 9/11 and the many government legislations that have tore the rights out of the Bill of Rights come to mind. However, this film also shows the hardships that our beloved president George Bush had to face. Personally, I am very open-minded, and before I’ve seen this movie I have always thought that there is always a redeemable trait in a person. Mr. Bush here is no exception.
This movie has opened my eyes to the background of our president, and it is quite an interesting story. Alocholic and unable to keep any job, George W. Bush has had problems from the start of his college career. HIs father had to constantly bail him out of rather tough situations that include his drunk driving. Following in the footsteps of his great ex-president father and his brother Jed, Bush had always fallen short to their great standards. This movie shows how Mr. Bush went from zero to being a president; quite a success story. To do this, the movie uses subtitles to switch from Bush’s college and post-college life to his presidency days, and it does this effectively. In the beginning of the movie, we see Mr. Bush and his cabinet discussing terrorism as Americans would disappointingly expect. However, by the end of the movie, with knowledge of Bush’s hardships and accomplishments, the audience can now look up to him as a hero. He may have made some bad decisions in office, but ultimately he never backed down-honor, something that most Americans seem to lack.
Another great aspect of the movie, the musical score is exemplary at painting the mood for each situation and conflict. From original orchestrated melodies to arrangements of American songs, the musical score has been well-thought and compiled, and the emotions felt from when George W. Bush faces hardships reflect that mentality.
The one thing I did not like is the subtle jokes used in the movie. Not only were they often profane and vulgar, I felt that the movie would have been better off without them. These jokes seem out of place and, for example, one of the jokes makes fun of Colin Powell’s choice to not run for president.
Overall, this movie has much going for it. If you haven’t gone out to see it, I highly recommend it. Though Bush is not gone yet from the coveted White House, this movie does a great job of encompassing Bush’s life.