Sunday, 13 January 2008

Film of the Year

So far at least. Charlie Wilson's War, as I'm sure you all know is the story of a Democratic Texas Congressman, who conspired with a rogue CIA operative to launch an operation to help the Afghan Mujahideen during the Soviet war in Afghanistan.

Tom Hanks puts in his usual solid performance, but Philip Seymour Hoffman steals every single scene he's in. It comes over like a play on the big screen with a witty, but politically complex script.

Unsurprising as it was written by West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin, one of the best writers of sharp political drama around. And it kind of makes up for him chucking away the last 5 episodes of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip on a needless political cliffhanger.

This is a link to the first of a ten part History Channel documentary on The Real Charlie Wilson. The trailer for the film is below.


Graeme said...

But the year isn't even two weeks old yet!

Have either Juno or No Country For Old Men been released in the UK yet? Both are excellent, though I suppose they're technically last year's films.

The trailer for Charlie Wilson's War didn't appeal to me, but maybe I'll have to see it given your recommendation.

Tom said...

No Country For Old Men is out here this Friday and I'm sure will be up there at the end of the year in my fave films. Juno is out 8th February. You forget how far behind we are over here G!

Charlie Wilson's War is mainly dialogue and very little action, but it's good fun. It's worth seeing for Hoffman alone.