Review Of Charlie Wilson’s War

Directed by Mike Nichols.
Starring Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams.

Based on a true story Charlie Wilson’s War is a drama about a Texas congressman, Charlie Wilson, whose covert dealings in Afghanistan to assist rebels in their war with the Soviets has some long reaching effects. An unbelievable movie that contains precious witty moments that will leave you wondering whether this stuff really goes on in our country’s highest Judicial branches of government.

It is a fast moving movie with situation comedy, satire, and provincial rituals all rolled into one making this an exciting movie to watch. Tom Hanks plays a complex character, Congressman Charlie Wilson, who has to make a plan come together. The movie really takes off when Gust Avrakotos, a C.I.A. operative played by Philip Seymour Hoffman, arrives on the scene. Hanks and Hoffman exhibit great comedy chemistry between them which makes their moment’s together fun to watch.

Charlie Wilson’s occasional lover, Joanne Herring a right-wing millionaire socialite, is played by Julia Roberts. Julia Roberts is a very talented actress yet in this movie I felt her portrayal of Joanne Herring was rather dry. The scenes between Hanks and Roberts lacked chemistry. It almost made you wish for more scenes between Hanks and Hoffman.

The movie does leave you hanging in the end and wondering what happened next. I watched the movie on DVD with the special features. It was very informative to hear the history behind the movie. There is just one thing I wish directors would stop doing and that is playing music while the actors are speaking.

The music is supposed to add a whimsical touch to the story but it is terribly difficult to follow what the actors are saying.

The movie did a great job telling Charlie Wilson’s story. It really opens your eyes to what people do with their power.

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