I haven't read any reviews for the movie, so I don't know how it is doing or what others think about it, but I'm going to say it is probably the best movie I've seen this year. It was really phenomenal. The other movies I may have seen this year, they were interesting and entertaining, but it would be a long shot to actually call them good. Charlie Wilson's War was great. It was informative, it was entertaining, interesting, exciting, funny, and dark all at the same time. I loved all the politics, and all the jabs at politics in it ('Why does Congress say one thing and do nothing?' 'Tradition, mostly.'). But even for something who doesn't like politics I think it would be more than entertaining. And so relevant to things that are still going on. It really made you think about the whole huge chain of events. Things just never really end. All the history even before WWI, WWI leading to WWII, leading to the Cold War, the rise of Al Queda and Bin Laden, and leading to more current Afghanistan and ME conflict. Everything is just so connected. Cause and effect. A pretty powerful message, but not overwhelming. Another case of America going in with all their ideals and then leaving a country in shambles.
I just went and looked up a few reviews and a lot of people seem angry that it a perversion of history and that it is propaganda ignoring the fact that the weapons we gave them to fight off the Soviets they ended up using against us and when we pulled out, Al Queda took over. I thought it was made perfectly clear in the film. I even wondered if a lot of the stuff towards the end was foreshadowing because we all know what did end up happening years down the road. I thought that was one of the main things in the story and honestly hard to miss. Some critics seemed slightly scathing about the topic though, saying it was totally ignored. I wonder if they were even awake for the movie.
"These things happened. They were glorious and they changed the world... And then we fucked up the endgame"
It was a fantastically balanced movie between enlightening, educational, and entertaining. The audience seemed to love it too. My mom liked it so much she was going to try and drag my dad to it so she could see it again. I would honestly recommend it to anyone.
A horse is given to a boy and the villagers rejoice. "We'll see," the Zen master says. The child falls off and breaks his leg, an unfortunate turn of events. "We'll see," the Zen master says. War breaks out and the injury keeps the boy at home, a blessing, it seems. "We'll see," the Zen master says.