The trailer for Oliver Stone’s upcoming movie “W” is now available. I couldn’t stop laughing. Maybe that’s the emotion Stone was going for. Overall, I don’t think it’s going to work.
The left (of which Stone is a charter member) thinks that George W. Bush is a joke, and the movie is written from this starting point, with a subsequent agenda of mockery. In essence, Oliver Stone is trying to create a parody of a parody. For a liberal director, it’s like trying to make a film about the Monty Python troupe that’s sillier than the work that was produced by the Monty Python troupe.
Appropriately enough, the Internet Movie Database lists this movie as a “Comedy/Drama.”
I doubt that Republicans will pay $7.50 to see this thing (I understand Stone didn’t even include a scene featuring Cheney peppering his buddy with birdshot, which might have at least brought in the gun nuts and/or people who hate Texas attorneys), and I’m skeptical at best that Democrats will pay any money at all to be reminded of somebody they can’t stand, even if he’s being picked on.
It’s only a short clip, but the “Animal House meets All the President’s Men meets Dr. Strangelove meets Macbeth” approach comes off as ambitiously desperate. The tightrope Stone is trying to walk is too thin (which is an even more difficult task if he’s toasted on Buddha Haze).
All these factors point to the movie being the MOAB like almost every other politically motivated movie the left has made in the past few years. The good news is that, judging from this clip, they are not learning from their mistakes: