Salon’s Thomas Schaller neatly sums up one of the worst things about Oliver Stone’s “W” — it’s boneheaded opportunistic release date:
…October 17? There are few things conservatives love more than feigning outrage while throwing, um, stones at people like Oliver Stone and Hollywood more generally. And if Stone’s own directorial past is any prologue, there almost certainly will be a scene or two in the new film which can be challenged as to whether it conforms exactly with historical accounts, providing fodder for talk radio’s wailing and arm-flailing.
Three weeks before the election, it could prove unhelpful to Obama and Democrats. I would be more excited to see the film on November 17, with the election in the rear view mirror and the era of Bush retrospection unofficially and unapologetically underway.
In the final days before the election we should be focused on the future, not poking ditto-heads to make them spew up the news cycle. Just what we need. More clowns at the October Surprise Party.