I'm always of several minds ... about most things. But I do have to say that I have always had a soft spot for American propaganda that valorizes the intractable values of the righteous few as opposed to the unquestioned supremacy of the many. America, in spite of itself. (A great motto.) Tom Hanks has always been a sterling values ambassador. Mike Nichols would be sure to get all of Sorkin's tawdry bits right.
An ignorant and childish take on what was basically one of the most snakish operations in the history of the United States. If you want the truth about it all, our intent was not to help the Afghanis but to destabilize the Soviet Union by, as Zbigniew Brzezinski succinctly put it, "giving the Russians their Vietnam!" We destabilized Afghanistan, lured the Soviets into a "trap", and let 10 years of bloodshed ensue.
It loses points for wasting Emily Blunt in a juvenile, titillating subplot, but Sorkin turns in a customarily drum-tight script, juggling humor and horror, satire and sentiment with aplomb. The cast is also to die for.
Here I was thinking that the script isn't as good as something Sorkin would write for "The West Wing" and I just find out he wrote this! Hahahahaha....
It's not bad, got some good stuff, nothing great though.
Aaron Sorkin has finally elaborated on the original ending of this movie as scripted, with a shot of the Pentagon in flames on 9/11/01. That is, maybe, too dark of a way to end this movie, which already does what it sets out to do in criticising US foreign policy and failed interventionism when a thoughtless US politician gives a stump speech to a crowd of Aghans and ends it shouting "Allah Akbar" alongside them.
Although it is hard to truly understand what Charlie Wilson's War is trying to be (it can be many things - such as a satire on US foreign policy or a depiction of what led to 9/11 - but it lacks depth wherever it goes), Mike Nichols' film is still an excellent comedy and a very interesting, but brief historical document because he's working with Aaron Sorkin's unique script (HIS WORDS!) and with a perfect cast.