About as much effort as punching a 4 year old was needed here.
Nov 13, 2009
A bottom line is that politicians are open for just about any kind of ridicule.
Put under a microscope, who are the three most unpopular American politicians ever? Richard Nixon, George W Bush and Warren Harding come to mind. Take one of them and make a movie about them where you point out their flaws. Harding is about 90 years behind everyone but Nixon and Bush are still fashionable to bash. Michael Moore got the Palme d'Or for his movie in 2004 about Bush and Will Ferrell followed a less successful suit with this play.
The play more or less is George W Bush, played by Will Ferrell reminicing on his last day in office his accomplishments and events that happened and looking back at them fondly and having guest stop by to visit him.
What fun is it in all honesty to see something like this? What effort is needed? Is this something ANYONE could have done? Politicians are reknowned for being unpopular and called liars and here is a play where ironically it plays like an extended Saturday Night Live segment with cheap lowest common denominator barbs and observations are shot out and the audience crows with approval. Whether you love or hate George W Bush, think for one minute about anyone grossly unpopular or untalented whether it be in politics or the arts and someone made a movie about them. I don't care who it is: Hitler, Pol Pot, Michael Jackson (for his personal life anyway) or Megan Fox and see how simple it is to make. ANYONE can make it and that means that ANYONE's mediocre talent can get in. Speaking of anyone, Will Ferrell is perfectly suited for this kind of show. His Bush impression isn't bad but lets face it, you watch Will Ferrell to see him scream and act infantile, his acting skills and impressions aren't his strong points. The man is barely a good mimic and his impression is the entire show.
Still doubt that a good lampoon of Bush (or anyone for that matter) could be done without being cheap? Well lets say that someone like Orson Welles or Tarantino was to make the movie or play. Do you think it would be full of cheap shots and ham fisted attempts at humor? Everyone else would just stay the course.
I had mixed feelings about this movie. First of all, this isn't really a movie. It's a standup comedy routine. It's Will Ferrell's monologue about the Bush administration. The routine itself has some funny parts, and has some awkward moments. The first half was somewhat odd and juvenile, more like Old School than political satire. At one point he even shows a picture of a penis for no apparent reason. However, when the show … more
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When Will Ferrell was struggling to break out onSaturday Night Live, the election of George W. Bush came as a gift from God. The new President gave him a character with a greater reach than one of those head-bobbing Roxbury guys--so it's only just that Ferrell, now a marquee-topping movie star, should cap off the Bush years with this final homage.You're Welcome America. A Final Night with George W. Bushis not so much a political satire as a fever dream, a hallucinatory exorcism. Ferrell paints Bush as an arrested adolescent, simultaneously self-absorbed yet without a hint of self-reflection, but beyond that there's not much commentary on the actions or collective psyche of the Bush administration (though some of the most startling gags turn out to be true). Instead, Ferrell spins out 90 minutes of faux-personal anecdotes that blur into crass surrealism: Dreaming of a cabin getaway with another man that includes a description of a "Western-grip" version of a certain sexual act; gaping at a muscular Barbara Bush rescuing all the Bush men from a collapsed mine shaft; performing robotic dance moves with Condoleeza Rice; demanding a squadron of wild monkeys be trained for combat; and imitating, obsessively, a Castillian lisp. It is a very strange performance, captured live at Broadway theater and later broadcast on HBO. Ten years from now, audiences may stare, perplexed and hypnotized, at this show, unable to comprehend what it's about--which may be ...