Charlie Wilson's War Reviews
I have to give special mention to three of the cast, in particular. Tom Hanks really does outdo himself. The man can act circles around nearly anyone. And Amy Adams has forced her way into my highest regard with her roles in Doubt, The Office, Sunshine Cleaning, and this movie. Her range is just astonishing. Finally, I'm seriously starting to wonder whether Philip Seymour Hoffman could be a bad actor, even if he tried. I've seen him in quite a few movies this year, as well, and he blows me away every time.
The other 50% of my adoration is due to the movie, itself. These are the kinds of true stories that I like, the ones that don't make me cringe from how insipid or sappy they are. Charlie Wilson's War is about true events that are still affecting our lives in a major way, today. Think of it as the most entertaining history lesson that you've seen in a long time. It's hilariously funny at times (Hanks and Hoffman are a duo that I would really enjoy seeing team up again), occasionally somber, timely, topical, and intensely interesting. I loved it.
Tom Hanks is wonderful here, playing a Texas politician who is far wiser than he seems. Seymore Hoffman is powerful as usual, playing a CIA opperative. It's these two who hold the film together, in spite of the hollywood hype of Julia Horseface (who, to be honest, holds her own here in a minor role).
The irony of the ending and the actual quote by Wilson "we fucked up the end-game" was so spot on, given that here we are, back in Afghanistan - with our recently developed "hearts and minds" regimine - which was something we should have done back 15 years ago. Doh! Our foreign policy as usual.
In any case, a wonderful film - I got a joy watching the Afghani's shooting stingers and then jumping for joy when they hit their targets (and the back story of all the intrigue to get the missiles into their hands was fascinating).
Tom Hanks brings the funny as a playboy congressman messing around with Afghanistan politics, but it?s Philip Seymour Hoffman?s lizard-eyed CIA agent who really steals the show. A politically astute and very funny movie, it?s no surprise to discover that Charlie Wilson?s War was scripted by West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin.
Best bit: Hoffman tells his CIA boss what he really thinks of him. ?I?d like to review the seven ways in which you?re a douche bag?.