Does “W” Stand For “Worth Seeing” Or “Worthless”?

This weekend, Oliver Stone’s highly anticipated movie about the fairly unpopular president (Bush), “W”, comes out. I’m psyched to see this film, though I’m still pretty unclear on whether it’s a comedy or a drama. Still, Josh Brolin (Dubya), Elizabeth Banks (Laura), Ellen Burstyn (Barbara), and James Cromwell (George Sr.) should add up to being a pretty compelling movie, acting wise. And Richard Dreyfus plays Dick Cheney! That’s so perfect because I hate Richard Dreyfus. Anyway, after the jump, a summary of some of the reviews so far, so you can decide for youself if this is a must-see or a see-it-on-HBO type flick.“W. is a scattershot attempt at stylized portraiture that plays like a half-baked editorial cartoon.” — The Washington Post

“In spite of Josh Brolin’s heroic efforts, W. is a skin-deep biopic that revels in its antic shallowness.” — The Wall Street Journal

“Although clearly not the definitive biography of Bush, W. is absorbing and amusing to ruminate over.” — USA Today

“More of a hastily executed charcoal sketch than a portrait, Oliver Stone’s W. is nonetheless an often compelling, tragicomic psychological analysis of Dubya, viewed through the prism of his relationship with an allegedly disapproving father.” — The New York Post

“In the midst of these tumultuous times, in the midst of this tumultuous election, Stone has delivered his most tepid film.” — New York Magazine

“Whatever you think of Dubya, he has balls. The movie doesn’t.” — Rolling Stone

“Perhaps the crucial reason W. succeeds as much as it does is the surprisingly empathetic work of Josh Brolin.” — The Los Angeles Times

“W. does something most journalism and even documentaries can’t or won’t do: it reminds us what a long, strange trip it’s been to the Bush White House.” — The New York Times

“Instead of satire, W. works best as a filmmaking allegory. That going into a production unprepared is a lot like doing so with military conflict. The execution was off before the first camera started rolling.” — Houston Chronicle