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Beating Around The Bush: The Dubya Era In Films
The Quietus , August 13th, 2009 08:42

As GI Joe: The Rise Of The Cobra - the last of the Bush-era films hit our screens - The Quietus celebrates this odd cinematic era. By David Moats and Josh Saco


Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

Among other offences George Lucas commited against his own legacy, he also managed to add ham fisted political posturing to the list. Although the story of the three prequels was in place long before Bush, Lucas certainly relished in playing up the similarities in how an invented war lead to the restriction of freedoms and eventually to dictatorship. The young Vader even says "You are either with me or you are my enemy" - a clear reference to Bush's famous "You are either with us or against us in the fight against terrorism". As political sci fi goes, 1984 it ain't. Portraying someone who is as reductive as to name three countries "The Axis of Evil" as a cloaked super-villain is maybe not the most effective strategy.