For a film called Charlie Wilson’s War, I thought there would be a lot more content here on the man himself. Sure the film outlines the general character of the man, namely on his reckless partying attitude, but that’s where the character study ends.
A missed opportunity in what is otherwise an efficiently written and snappy portrait of Wilson’s input into the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. The film has great performances from the likes of Tom Hanks and Phillip Seymour Hoffman that manage to inject the very dense political jargon with some spice.
So as a political film, it works, it’s interesting, but the human element here is certainly lacking. I however was interested as the general filmography surrounding this particular conflict is somewhat lacking. I cautiously recommend this one to those that can stick the thick politics, but remember this was written by Aaron Sorkin himself, so it may grab you more than you’d expect.