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but it lacks depth wherever it goes), Mike Nichols' film is still an excellent comedy and a very interesting, but brief historical document because he's working with Aaron Sorkin's unique script (HIS WORDS!)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.
Mainstream political satire, as stereotypical as they come. Its insights are (and were) dated, its wittiness is subpar, tight buns on office girls are not bad. Pacing seems enhanced due to lack of any real suspense, with even occasional subplots, notably around charges for drug use, resolving within fifteen minutes or so. With controversy in traces, and even less subtlety, it's not more than a digestible pastime.