A Film as Flawed as the Man It Portrays. Likeable Bumbler: Josh Brolin as George Bush in W
Byline: Chris Tookey
Verdict: Flawed biopic of the current President **
THE first thing to say about this biopic of the outgoing 43rd President is that it contains some marvellous performances none better than Josh Brolin's. He takes pains to discover within the muchmaligned George W. Bush the qualities which brought him success: his likeability, his 'people skills' and his weirdly unfounded self-confidence.
Brolin doesn't just mimic his mannerisms; he inhabits his personality, and even when the screenplay is set on showing us Bush at his most inarticulate, ungrammatical and nonsensical, Brolin endows him with pathos. He seems like an honest, idealistic man trying to do his not-very-good best.
This may not be the whole truth about the man, but it carries conviction and could earn this late-developing actor an Oscar nomination.
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Publication information: Article title: A Film as Flawed as the Man It Portrays. Likeable Bumbler: Josh Brolin as George Bush in W. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: Daily Mail (London). Publication date: November 7, 2008. Page number: 60. © 2007 Daily Mail. COPYRIGHT 2008 Gale Group.
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