Friday, May 09, 2008

Movie I'm Most Excited About

According to the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly magazine, Oliver Stone has begun shooting "W", which he hopes will be released in theaters this October (consider it Hollywood's October Surprise!). This is his third film about a president (though 1991's "JFK" dealt with the assassination conspiracies; and 1995's "Nixon" was pretty interesting) and the one I'm most excited to see. In fact, forget the new Indiana Jones or Batman movies. "W" IS the film I can't wait to see the most. Why? Because I love bio-pics. It's my favourite film subject. Movies about Gandhi, Jefferson, Mandela, Kennedy, Truman, Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Queen Elizabeth II, William Wilberforce...I love them all. As Bush would say: "Bring 'em on!"

It'll be interesting if this film will find an audience in the fall...in the middle of what will undoubtedly be the dirtiest fight for the presidency our country has ever seen (because Republicans are like cornered animals--which is when they are the most dangerous. Losing means possible investigations and prison terms). With Bush's popularity level lower than Nixon's, it's hard to imagine liberals wanting to see a film about the worst president ever and you know conservative Bush loyalists won't see it. Their willingness to be blindly loyal to the saintly image they have of him is naively stupid. After all, I was a Clinton supporter and I still watched and loved "Wag the Dog" and "Primary Colors." That's the difference between people who can view others as the complex and contradictory people they are versus those who latch onto a myth about a person and don't want anything to shatter their illusions. It's why conservatives worship Reagan as their messiah, even though he was a hollow talking head who preferred to watch re-runs of "The Sound of Music" rather than reading the briefing books that Secretary of State George Schultz gave him to read at Camp David.

Here's what the controversial director has to say about his film and the president in Entertainment Weekly:

Stone has publicly promised W will be a ''fair, true portrait of the man,'' but already there are those accusing him of the politics of personal destruction — and, worse, of trying to influence the election by painting the current Republican administration as reckless doofuses (although presumptive Republican nominee John McCain makes no appearance in the script). Naturally, Stone vehemently denies all charges. ''Bush may turn out to be the worst president in history,'' he declares as he peeks into room after room. ''I think history is going to be very tough on him. But that doesn't mean he isn't a great story. It's almost Capra-esque, the story of a guy who had very limited talents in life, except for the ability to sell himself. The fact that he had to overcome the shadow of his father and the weight of his family name — you have to admire his tenacity. There's almost an Andy Griffith quality to him, from A Face in the Crowd. If Fitzgerald were alive today, he might be writing about him. He's sort of a reverse Gatsby.''

I'm hoping that this film will be a great one that makes my Top Five best of list. I'm willing to look at the complexity of the man. I know it wasn't easy for him to be born a dyslexic, ADD underachiever to an over-accomplished and distant father who expected him to follow in his footsteps and an emotionally cold mother with an acid tongue. His dysfunctional nature has a pattern that's never been broken: to destroy things and leave behind for other people to clean up after him. It's a shame that our media and country won't hold him accountable for his disasterous presidency. He will most likely go to his grave unremorseful, unrepentent, and unaware of the disaster his eight years have caused on our planet. The more I read about him, the more similarities I see that he shares with O.J. Simpson. I hope both of them will one day share the same cell in hell. They deserve each other. We're all Nicole Brown Simpsons in Bush's Amerika.

2 comments:

Margie's Musings said...

It will be interesting to se if Stone portrays Bush as he really is or romanticizes him and makes him some kind of hero.

Sansego said...

Oh, I doubt he'll make him a hero. Did you ever see "Nixon"? Stone wants to portray Bush as a man with little intelligence and curiosity who somehow possessed the confidence to become president. I'm really excited to see the film. That they're starting so late in filming it, I don't see how it can be released in October. It'll be a miracle if he pulls it off.