Can You Say Anger?  Spell It "W."

By Omar P.L. Moore/The Popcorn Reel

August 1, 2008

The release this week of the first trailer of "W.", the Lionsgate distributed film directed by Oliver Stone which opens in the U.S. and Canada on October 17 has inspired an anger in several people (including myself).  The content of the trailer is what is provocative -- a couple of images or moments that boil some peoples' blood are the taglines what drove George W. Bush from here to here?  A dissolve to the White House follows.  Much of the one-minute-thirty-six-second  trailer contains cheeky satirical moments including the showcasing of the uneasy father-son relationship between Bush 41 played by James Cromwell and Bush 43 (played by Josh Brolin) prior to their presidencies. 

The second image of the trailer that boils blood for some is the very last one -- a close up -- which shows Mr. Brolin's W. as a sweaty, panting character on the run -- venal, rat-like, feral and cowardly.

The View's Elisabeth Hasselbeck, a Republican and co-host of the American daytime television program, voiced her displeasure on Tuesday's edition of the magazine show for women, saying that she would be staying away from Mr. Stone's film based on the trailer, which she thought was a hit job and negative.  Ms. Hasselbeck's passionate comments inspired a contretemps among several "View" co-hosts, notably Whoopi Goldberg, who wondered aloud how a boycott of the film could be properly made without knowing more to base the boycott on.

The trailer which is linked below, eschews the names of the actors portraying the major cabinet members in his first term of the Bush Administration, showing the people they portray. 

A close friend of mine the day before yesterday asked a question that I have never heard asked anywhere before: why did Americans vote for George W. Bush twice, especially when they made it clear in November 1992 that they could only stomach one term of his father George H.W. Bush? 

There are a lot of answers to that question, but it is a good question nonetheless.

The jury might not be out on George W. Bush, but the jury is out on Oliver Stone's "W." -- at least until mid-October.

"W.", released by Lionsgate, opens in North America on October 17 -- three weeks before the U.S. presidential election.

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