ABC Film Challenge – Oscar Nomination – C – Charlie Wilson’s War (2007) Movie Review

Director: Mike Nichols

Writer: Aaron Sorkin (Screenplay) George Crile (Book)

Starring: Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams, Brian Markinson, Emily Blunt

Plot: A drama based on a Texas congressman Charlie Wilson’s covert dealings in Afghanistan, where his efforts to assist rebels in their war with the Soviets have some unforeseen and long-reaching effects.

Runtime: 1 Hour 42 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Charlie Wilson’s War starts as Texas congressman Charlie Wilson (Hanks) who has a reputation for being a playboy, but also keeps him promises when it comes to taking things to congress. In Charlie’s latest interest, he looks to help the Afghanistan freedom fighters, fight back against Soviets invading their land.

As Charlie teams up with CIA operative Gust Avrakotos (Hoffman) and one of his benefactors Joanne Herring (Roberts), they lead the fight back creating one of the biggest convert wars in the Western world.

Thoughts on Charlie Wilson’s War

ThoughtsCharlie Wilson’s War is a movie that showed how America would create their own interest in conflicts in the world, showing how they would throw money at different interests and deal with covering up any wrong doings. Charlie Wilson’s War will show how politics can unfold, showing Charlie as a man that is focused more on his confidence in the public presence, over anything else, even though, he will always place himself in a position of knowing what the next step will become. The film is set in a style, which will look for laughs in what is happening, which is more about seeing how wrong the world can be. Tom Hanks shines in the leading character, bringing all the charisma to the movie. In the supporting roles we have Julia Roberts, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams, who are all brilliant too.

Final Thoughts Charlie Wilson’s War is an interesting comedy about political scheming.

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