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Charlie Wilson's War is a solid political satire. But I believe it falls short of similar satires like Wag the Dog and Man of the Year.
More Like A Mock Trial.
Charlie Wilson's War
Nichols is far from being authentic like some Spielberg's documentation but almost close enough to be gritty as Polanski. Either way, the result is a big mixed bag of feelings. You are left unsatisfied and a bit peckish for frankly anything, any sort of content to feed upon. The director Mike Nichols, clearly can't absorb the behemoth range of the screenwriter Aaron Sorkin's script on the screen. It is disappointing to see him fumble like such despite of having support from every possible directions. But I would blame Sorkin's take too. His game is actually a one long tennis match.
There is a great serve in the beginning act and a hefty rebound in its second one due to its previous powerful boost. But as it grows iterative, the audience gets tired and the pain is not felt in the head anymore. What was supposed to be a head scratching content is now a flimsy attempt to grasp the viewers. And these fatal attempts of Sorkin trying to get hold of something beyond the range of the storyline, turns it into a quirky foolish socialite world that is always read to negotiate but never shakes on it. The cast is undoubtedly the highlight of the film.
Tom Hanks playing once again a real persona gives a promising performance that is elevated by no one but Amy Adams as her secretary that literally helps him on tiny aspects of the film. Other supporting cast like Julia Roberts, Emily Blunt, Om Puri and John Slattery gets lost into words and never conquers them. The real crispy and juicy ingredient of the dish is Phillip Seymour Hoffman climbing the ladder along with waking people up. He is the unexpected chocolate delight in the cake, he is the cherry of this desert that comes in complementary and what might enrage you then, is that this is Charlie Wilson's War.
Though a big fan of Tom Hanks, I have missed this when it was released 10+ years ago. I found this quite entertaining - it keeps a light, comedic approach to a political issue. Great performances all around!
As always, Tom Hanks delivers a top notch performance! This movie will make you laugh and keep you entertained throughout.
An interesting story in an average movie.
Charlie Wilson's War is a fantastic film. It is about Charlie Wilson's covert dealings in Afghanistan. Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts give excellent performances. The screenplay is good but a little slow in places. Mike Nichols did a great job directing this movie. I enjoyed watching this motion picture because of the drama. Charlie Wilson's War is a must see.
It is mostly looking like a political propaganda rather than a movie... It promotes or justifies the America's actions in the Afghan war and also glorifying...
Tom Hanks & Julia Roberts in a film is certain to give high expectations, and they were easily met. Excellent story, and great acting from Hoffman as well. Highly recommend for anyone looking for a great political film.
Smart and well-acted, Charlie Wilson's War gives the audience smart dialogue, a compelling plot, and historical relevance. I particularly enjoyed the chemistry between Tom Hanks and Philip Seymour Hoffman. Some viewers may find some of the themes a bit mysoginistic , however.
Overall early entry and low-hitter on the now popular "behind the scenes" political movies of the 70-80s. But a great cast, good dialogue/script, and good pace are what make this film