Charlie Wilsons War (15)

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Reviewer za2806
07/02/2008
I must admit this is not a movie that will stay in my memory as an amazing moment. I found Julia Roberts' acting dull this time, however was impressed by Hanks who never fails to disappoint in my eyes. I knew nothing about the history of Charlie Wilson, and I must admit that I did struggle a bit to follow the in's and out's of it all, especially as Hanks has a texan accent in the movie and he doesn't open his mouth and mumbles most of his lines. You can't help to feel sensitivises by the issue of course but there are moments that are just americanised and you can just tell. Still a movie to watch when it comes out on DVD i'd say. Ok film, but disappointing really..
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Reviewer skaffman
12/01/2008
I went to see this after reading Matthew Turner's ViewLondon review, so I had mixed expectations, expecting a well-written but pompous, slightly dull effort. Delightfully, though, I watched an excellent, engaging, funny and sparklingly well-written film.

I'm no Tom Hanks fan in general, but as Charlie Wilson he's very good indeed. Seymour Hoffman is, as usual, very watchable, no surprise there. Roberts is a bit of a clunker, but again no surprise there. The historical aspects of the film do drag a little, with some dubious (and inaccurate) archive footage thrown in here and there, but none of this really detracts significantly.

It's a trademark Sorkin script, you can almost feel the air buzzing with smart dialogue. It does take some concentration, sure, but every good script does. Of course, any West Wing fan will love this film because of the writing.
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