THE POPCORN REEL TRAILER REACTION
Can You Say Anger? Spell It "W."
Omar P.L. Moore/The
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
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
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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