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Charlie Wilson’s War well worth a look

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Dec 31, 2007 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The last movie I saw was Alvin and The Chipmunks, which I attended with my 7-year-old niece and 200 other kids hopped up on Swedish Fish and M&Ms.

In desperate search of more adult fare, I caught Charlie Wilson’s War tonight.

This was a no-brainer $10.00. How can you go wrong with a movie written by Aaron Sorkin, directed by Mike Nichols and starring Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Philip Seymour Hoffman? Well, you can’t.

Sorkin had a big swing and a miss with Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip. But he’s still one of those writers I have undying faith in. The fast-paced, ice-pick sharp dialogue that made West Wing so great is present here. He had a lot to work with. Charlie Wilson was a liberal Texas congressman who convinced Congress to fund a covert war against the USSR in Afganistan back in the 1980s. That’s the basis of the film.

Hanks looks like he’s having a blast portraying the boozy skirt-chaser. It’s not a character as memorable as Forrest Gump, Jim Lovell or Cpt. John Miller, but it’s the best Hanks has been since Road to Perdition. Roberts lights up a small role as an eccentric Texas donor and Hoffman steals every scene he’s in (if you haven’t seen Before The Devil Knows Your Dead, make it a point) as a rogue CIA agent.

The supporting cast is strong, led by star-to-be Amy Adams. This is that rare film that relies on its script instead of special effects. Actual political satire, imagine. Plus there wasn’t one screaming kid.

I’m not always down with the Coen Brothers but I do want to see No Country For Old Men. My list also includes Juno. Any other suggestions?

Already saw I Am Legend (Fresh Prince, good as always, great visuals, too many zombies) and Walk Hard (a solid double by Judd Apatow, the same joke over and over but always funny).




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