Charlie Wilson's War Reviews
Early 1980s. Charlie Wilson is a relatively unimportant and unproductive Texas congressman. He does have one advantage - he is on two important committees, covering foreign and military policy. He learns of the situation in Afghanistan and how the Russians are treating the Afghanis and is determined to help, through providing the Mujahideen with weapons. This sets in motion an unlikely sequence of deals and alliances.
Excellent movie. Covers an important series of events in world history, the short-term consequences of which were positive, the long term less so. Does so in very light, funny fashion. This highlights the farcicalness of some of the events, and helps the story move along. It would have been a very dry movie if it was entirely serious.
Despite the non-seriousness of much of the movie, has a very powerful and profound final message.
Great acting by Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and, especially, Philip Seymour Hoffman.
When we have to keep spirits at a all time high when they are low during challenging times. When some matters deserve highly secured secret meetings before we act. When some people in high-low places we don't have time for when they raise high spirits and are not our people or religion. When some matters we need the fullest extent of the law to highly oversee an injustice that occured when we exercise extreme high measures. When prayers from on high don't do anything when there is no face but people from high places whom have a face to put a face to this injustice of a war to be regarded from on high for trying to save lives. When we need to supply highly classified weaponry to shift the war another direction. When success makes us glow as high as the moon to need to share this with someone like us. When we can't allow any high power push around any low power without a fair fight. When we can't always highly over see a low power country's development to leave it open for an uncertain future. When we are no longer highly interested in countries that are not threatened to leave them to fend for themselves. When we are only highly interested in our own interests and the lives we care about.
That well-intentioned policy came back to bite our nation on September 11th 2001, because not every Holy fighting faction was just about independence. Some were about spreading their fanaticism to us as well. But that topic is for another movie.