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Monday, December 10, 2007

Charlie Wilson's War

Q: What’s the movie about?

A: The true story of how Congressman Charlie Wilson (Tom Hanks) won Afghanistan's war against the Soviet Union, in the late 80s, without anyone finding out that the U.S. was involved.

Q: Who’s in the movie?

A: Tom Hanks, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julia Roberts, Amy Adams, Ned Beatty, Emily Blunt, Om Puri, Erick Avari, John Slattery, Christopher Denham

Q: Is this movie worth the price of admission?

A: Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at PhotobucketGo! Fast-paced, complex, and full of humor, it helps to explain one small aspect of the incomprehensible quagmire we've gotten ourselves into in the Middle East. It's like a prequel.

Q: Will this movie make me laugh?

A: Have you seen the poster? Did you get a look at Philip Seymour Hoffman's mustache? Now, that's funny! (Warning: Although there are some laughs, this is not a comedy, and anyone who says it is, is just trying to qualify for the less competitive categories in the Golden Globes.)

Q: Will this movie make me cry?

A: It is sad that seeing the behind the scenes workings of politics actually gives you less faith in the government's ability to protect us.

Q: Will this movie be up for any awards?

A: The TV Emmy is a hard-bodied woman, and Aaron Sorkin's got six of them. Any man would want to be surrounded by that harem, even a man with no genitals, like Oscar. On the other side of the spectrum, playing a man with balls of steel, look for Philip Seymour Hoffman in the Best Supporting Actor category.

Q: How is the Acting?

A: Philip Seymour Hoffman... Wow. He steals every scene he's in. It's such a fun role, and he doesn't miss a beat. Tom Hanks is a tough sell as a Texan, but that's probably only because it's hard to believe that a Democrat ever came out of Texas.

Q: How is the Directing?

A: While the film is about important issues, it manages to not get self-important. What a breath of fresh air. Thanks to Mike Nichols' fast-paced, slim and trim directing, you don't even have time to dwell on how far over your head Aaron Sorkin's script is.

Q: How is the story/script?

A: Nobody does political intrigue like Aaron Sorkin. He enlightens, makes you laugh, and reminds you that the world of Washington politics is too complex for the human mind to wrap its head around. And, unfortunately, that includes the human minds that work in Washington. Suck on that Lions for Lambs!

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