Charlie Wilson's War (2007)

Charlie Wilson's War (2007)

2007 R 102 Minutes

Comedy | Drama | History

A drama based on Texas congressman Charlie Wilson's covert dealings in Afghanistan, where his efforts to assist rebels in their war with the Soviets had some unforeseen and long-reaching effects.

Overall Rating

8 / 10
Verdict: Good

User Review

  • It's always nice to get a history lesson. Unfortunately, having it filtered to meet an agenda turns into nothing more than an attempt to rewrite history to tell a preferred story, which some people might call propaganda, rather than what really happened. I actually read the book, along with living through the actual events, and it differs GREATLY from the film. There was a lot more debauchery and criminal activity involved with Representative Wilson than what was portrayed in the film. He admitted to consistent drug use, illicit affairs with multiple women along with being drunk most of the time that he was awake; all of which were lessened to seem to be nothing more than harmless vices and close personal relationships. Even his fleeing the scene of a very serious traffic accident the night before he flew over to Pakistan, because he was driving drunk, was filtered from the movie. I'm sure the #metoo brigade might also have something to say about his staffing choices and how they all got their roles in his administration...just saying.

    Other parts that were left out were why the Democratic Congress were so willing to fund "this" war against the Communists while they fought tooth and nail to defund and expose the Nicaragua Central American situation that was the Republican-supported leg of the Cold War. It was also very nice to try to give Charlie Wilson the sole credit for the collapse of the Soviet Union, but failed to give him the same credit when he dropped the ball and couldn't get the Democratic Congress to continue to support the people of Afghanistan that they became Al-Qaeda and were responsible for the attacks on 9-11.

    Having said that, Hanks and Hoffman do a righteous job of portraying their characters, especially Hoffman who does Avrakotos probably better than Avrakotos did Avrakotos. Do yourself a favor and read the book and you too will come to appreciate his excellent exhibition even more. Even being filtered with Blue-tinted lenses, the story is a good one and worthy of your time. Just remember, it's based on a true story, just not the whole true story.