Charlie Wilson’s War (2007)

(Last Updated On: June 21, 2020)

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Title: Charlie Wilson’s War

Year: 2007

Genre:  Biography | Comedy | Drama |

Runtime:  102 min

Director:  Mike Nichols

Starring:  Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Philip Seymour Hoffman

imdb 7,0/10


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.


You would expect Tom Hanks to be photogenic. To be a world-class actor that brings a charming character to He’s whether scene he is involved with. He is often charming, smart (most of the cases), and is a family man. You could say that he is a symbolism of the American dream. But at the beginning of this movie, Tom takes drugs and taking a bath with strippers.

In this film, Texas congressman Charlie Wilson represents the United States in Afghanistan while during some gun-deals abroad. This does not generally fit his acting skills. He is charming for sure and Philip Seymour Hoffman is a great compliment. Julia Roberts feels like a good supporting actress. Amy Adams does play a timid girl as always.

The film is adapted from George Crile’s novel with the same name as the film. With Aaron Sorkin penning the screenplay, you could notice the fast-driven dialogue and the implementation of profanity and jokes. However, the plot does not make the effort from the team itself, justice. It also does not prevail how much effort that seems to put in it. It has Sorkin’s trademark and one of the best believable and likable actors to carry on the story but there is no substance in the directing, poorly conducted by Mike Nichols. Nichols has done better before.

He directed Dustin Hoffman’s debut film The Graduate (1967) which was far more exquisite and terrific. He did a lot of popular films that proved itself far better. But the energy behind this film was not worth the effort to take on this story. Every ingredient is there but there are not mixed in together.

Tom Hanks is solid in this one, make no mistake but barely in his best performance. Julia Roberts is a straying, supporting character. She does not live up to becoming a noticeable character however the late Philip Seymour Hoffman proves his talent in as he makes his scenes interesting. He has the necessary energy that the director has not for those he has not been involved in. So, to cope with this film is that it’s not revolutionary and doesn’t bring new to the table. With such a remarkable team, it is just sad that such a collective talent can create such an undesirable film.


Grade 2 of 5

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