Film: Oliver Stone’s Burning Bush


Oliver Stone’s next film has sort of been bubbling under the surface for a few months.  It’s never really had an official announcement, and it’s only now starting to get hype and recognition.

“W.” is a biopic about the life of George W. Bush, from hard-drinking college boy to slightly irresponsible president.  IMDB lists the release date as 2009, but Hollywood Reporter says that Stone hopes to finish this movie in time to release it at election time in November.

The film will star Josh Brolin (“No Country for Old Men,” “Planet Terror”) as the current President Bush, Elizabeth Banks (“Spider-Man,” “Definitely, Maybe,”) as First Lady Laura Bush, and James Cromwell (“Babe,” “The Sum of All Fears) as Dubya’s father, George H.W. Bush.

Hollywood Reporter is saying that several Bush biographers are arguing the accuracy of “W”‘s script, and believe that it casts the president in a deceitfully negative light.

A script review on ABC News says that instead of a movie with shocking revelations about our president and his associates, it is more of an actor’s piece, that could provide star Brolin with an opportunity to take a superstar turn.

Personally, I think that doing a biopic of the current president in an election year shows Stone’s agenda clearly, and I think it’s rather insidious.  When movie makers try to play politics, everybody loses.

Stone has made some superb movies, such as “Platoon” and “Wall Street,” but those were over 20 years ago.  Stone’s more recent movies have been uninspired and disappointing.  Stone is a director who is obsessed with the 1960s.  He has made movies about Vietnam, JFK, Nixon, and the Doors, and “World Trade Center,” his previous current-event film, was less than spectacular.

I think instead of making movies with an agenda and political goals in mind, Stone should try to make some inspired, expressive art, something he has never really done, even when he was at his best.  Or at the very least, he could find another cultural figure from 40 years ago to exploit.  Marilyn Monroe hasn’t had a biopic made lately.

On another note, I was talking about W. with my friend Ian, a Ferris student.  He hadn’t heard about the movie, so I explained that it was a Bush biopic, and who was directing and acting in it.  After that, he inexplicably asked, “So what’s this movie going to be about?  The president?”

To which I replied that did not know any other way to make a movie about George W. Bush, but it did get me thinking, and this is what I came up with.  My apologies in advance.


“In a world overtaken by super-intelligent bipedal sharks, only one man can stand between the toothy tyrants and world domination–George W. Bush.

Bush: ‘I am the decider.  And I’ve decided your time is up.’

Starring Josh Brolin as George W. Bush, and John Travolta as N’rlbat, Lord of the Sharks.

Coming this November, it’s ‘Operation Shark and Awe.'”

I’m so, so sorry.

–Brad Canze, the CM Life Movie Dude


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