Lacks the Interest of Stone's "Nixon"
Reviewed by criddic2 for W. at 2011-04-22 02:14:07
Like him or hate him, George W. Bush was one of the more engaging personalities to occupy the White House. Josh Brolin does capture some of that in this movie, but neither he or the director (Oliver Stone) seem to know what they want to say about the man. Some scenes go for muted satire, while others go for strained drama. Very few have the feeling of authenticity. Maybe that's because they couldn't (or wouldn't) explore these people as they really are, going mainly for who they are perceived to be by some. Stone was able to bring compelling character backround and historical balance to his "Nixon" in 1995 (with the help of the great Anthony Hopkins). Here he doesn't even approach that. It delves lightly, rather than deeply, into the story of a president who was popular enough to win re-election and controversial enough to inspire fierce debate over his policies. We don't get into much of that in 'W,' since the focus is on the first term and the father/son relationship between two presidents.
This is one of Nia Vardalos' and Richard Dreyfuss' best movies. If you love Greek food,and of all the places you've been in the world but have never made it to Greece,you should DEFINITELY see My Life in Ruins!
I guess I'm too sensitive for a movie about liberals in office. This movie really angered me and I walked out of the theatre muttering to myself. A liberal couple overheard me and commented to me. If you are highly conservative and don't like a movie that makes conservatives look rotten, don't watch this movie.
The tone of the film becomes more and more nightmarish toward the end. The psychology of the characters breaks down into more primal urges. It becomes clearer and clearer that the two younger characters are breaking free of the societal, familial bondage that they are in. The further they get from the center of their proscribed roles, the more intense the film becomes. In the final scene, it is not clear what they are breaking free TO so much as what they have broken free from. She looks at him in the back of the bus. He does not return her gaze. They both end up looking ahead in silence. Perhaps they are not even sure of their immediate destination. The bus will take them to where the route proscribes. It is a yellow school bus. Perhaps they are wealthy enough that they have never ridden in a school bus.
So insanely watchable
Reviewed by CoolerKing for Let It Ride at 2008-04-04 11:25:02
This isn't the greatest movie in the world, but if it's on HBO and I have nothing else to do, I'm not changing the channel and I'm watching the whole #!@%*# thing. Dreyfuss is great (remember back when he was funny?), and the ensemble is endearing as hell.