Monday, April 19, 2010
Will Ferrell Writes the History Book on George W.
It's not often that I would recommend a movie that is little more than a 2-hour stand-up comedy act. But with You're Welcome America: A Final Night with George W Bush, SNL alum Will Ferrell pretty much knocks it out of the park playing W. in full kiss-off mode.
The Tony-nominated play works seamlessly as a movie. It is exactly like sitting through a lewd and highly offensive performance in a theater. But Bush was such a ripe character for ridicule by the end of his eight-year presidency that this is really a can't-fail enterprise for Ferrell, who is simply mesmerizing as the guy who seems to have completely gone silent since leaving the White House 15 months ago.
The top three highlights of the film:
-- The segment when Ferrell give nicknames to audience members based on their first names and occupations. When one woman reports that she's a Shakespearean scholar, Bush calls her "Scholar of Unnecessary Topics."
-- When W. dwells on his body parts that nobody should ever have to see, it is complete shock and awe.
-- Relating a story when the Bush family is stuck in a mine, Ferrell, as H.W., asks why W. is the only member of the family with a Texas accent.
***1/2 out of ***** stars