Charlie Wilson's War

Rated NR

Based on the true story of Texas congressman Charlie Wilson (Tom Hanks) and the secretive dealings that led to the defeat of the Soviet Union in Afghanistan. While Hanks is fine in the role, the best thing about the film would be Philip Seymour Hoffman as a disgruntled CIA man. His office temper-tantrum is a classic, and his rapport with Hanks is terrific. On the downside, Julia Roberts is rather terrible as a Texas millionaire who assists Wilson (her accent is distracting), and the talented Amy Adams is wasted in a nothing role. This is a big subject, yet the film, directed by Mike Nichols, feels abbreviated, coming in at just more than 90 minutes. It seems like there should’ve been more story to tell, and the ending feels rushed and abrupt. Nonetheless, this is the first good film from Hanks since his much-debated turn in The Ladykillers. (I loved it, but most hated it.)

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