Peter Bart weighs in on ‘W.’

Posted by · 5:59 pm · October 3rd, 2008

Well, it isn’t really a review, but:

Last week I saw Oliver Stone’s “W.,” an engrossing film which reminds us that the man who made “Platoon” hasn’t lost his edge. Part polemic, and part parody, “W.” explores the love-hate relationship between George Bush senior and junior.


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  • 1 10-03-2008 at 6:55 pm

    Paul said...

    Is there a link for this?

  • 2 10-03-2008 at 7:18 pm

    Noah said...

    It’s weird. The only adjective he really uses to describe the film is “engrossing.” Saying that Stone hasn’t lost his edge and what the film explores doesn’t really indicate whether it’s any good or not. I imagine if it was some kind of masterpiece or a piece of trash, Bart would have given a clearer indication. Or maybe I’m just reading way too much into this.

  • 3 10-03-2008 at 7:37 pm

    John Foote said...

    Glad to hear it’s good (though I will reserve judgment till I see it) — has become the must see movie of the year — that last trailer was superb —

  • 4 10-03-2008 at 8:27 pm

    Isaac Richter said...

    Paul- Just found the article in Variety that Kris pulled this from, here’s the link if you’re interested. It talks a lot about the father/son conflict in the film (with Jim Cromwell and Josh Brolin handling those roles, it should be interesting to watch).

  • 5 10-03-2008 at 9:22 pm

    Jacqueline Ess said...

    Yeah, It’s a bit of an odd article. It broadly discusses the upcoming political films of the fall season, but not saying a whole lot about any of the films or anything, really. That one line quoted above is the only review of W. you’re going to get. What little there is comes across positively, at least.

    I guess Bart was apart of TV press screening from Saturday.

  • 6 10-03-2008 at 9:24 pm

    Jacqueline Ess said...

    a part!

  • 7 10-03-2008 at 11:53 pm

    Paul said...

    Thanks for the link, Isaac. Bart’s article must have been posted after I went to Variety to look for it.

    Have a friend who was in one of these recent screenings. According to him, (and it’s just one person so take it for what it’s worth) Stone is back, and it’s his best film in a long, long time.

    And the performances – particularly those of Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Banks, James Cromwell, and Jeffrey Wright – are supposedly all very strong.

    We’ll be able to decide for ourselves in a few weeks when it opens, but I’m sensing a real buzz on this.

  • 8 10-04-2008 at 1:15 am

    Markku said...

    I just found these score samples:

    That’s…. surprisingly cerebral and beautiful.

  • 9 10-04-2008 at 1:28 am

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    I knew it was gonna be good.

  • 10 10-04-2008 at 8:45 am

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Sorry guys, I totally brain-farted on not including the link here. Thanks to Isaac for stepping in. It’s fixed in the post now.

  • 11 10-04-2008 at 9:04 am

    Paul said...

    No biggie, Kristopher. I just got confused because I was probably looking at the wrong Peter Bart column online.

    Regardless, Bart’s comments are a positive development for “W”. And is another layer of buzz to add onto the film.