A whole 94 days before President Bush leaves office, Oliver Stone's biopic hits theaters tonight! I previewed W with BuzzSugar, who wrote an unfavorable review lamenting the movie as too little, too soon. Many viewers will likely leave the theater mildly entertained by Bush's past antics, but exasperated with the last eight years, especially the Iraq war. Still, I'm not sure if frustration with real-life Bush will be based on accurate events.
W seems to argue that the greatest tragedy of the last eight years is that the spoiled son of a president became an egregiously unqualified president. Yet, history has not determined whether Bush led the US into Iraq because his White House was too incompetent to know there were no WMDs, or because it purposefully misrepresented or suppressed problematic intelligence. Stone chooses incompetence, rooted in Daddy issues, as Bush's defect, perhaps cluttering the world's historical consciousness before the truth is known.