Given the quality of the various aspects, it's a shame that this doesn't quite become the sum of its parts. There's just something holding it back. A reticence to pick at the scab long enough, to take more moments to show the waters getting murkier and murkier, and a third act that doesn't underline the serious consequences of what is played out as a bit of a light romp for some of the main players. 7/10.
Makes a comedy out of the sadly too common practice nowadays of the leading from behind strategy that comes at a huge price to the local people. The political analysis is weak, the use of Russian for Soviet in the french subtitles disturbing and the film very American value centric. All in all it does achieve what it is meant to achieve and is a pretty easy watch, hence the high score.
Great script and performances from this fine cast - loses marks though for its hopelessly naive portrayal of American politics. Much love to the Mubi-gods for their timing on this one ... putting on the story of a politician exploring alternative arrangements in order to secure funding for something he desperately wants to see through. The irony wasn’t lost on me :)
In the end this film feel like the American contribution to the rebuilding of Afghanistan: unfullfilled and without conviction and it feels as bombed and devastated as the country. The 1980s setting is great and it give some thought to why the U.S. acted as they did but one would think the film was a comedy with it’s stereotypic slimy politicans and one-note sexy babes. Could have been so much better.
A love letter to American exceptionalism. Didn't so much explore the moral dissonance of CW as much as revel in it. I personally don't think that excludes it from being an interesting and well made film. At least the parting note is one that's critical of the tendency to fund wars far more willingly than things that are more valuable and important.
(3,5 / 5) Avec son casting de choc (Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts, Philip Seymour Hoffman) et sa vision de certaines coulisses méconnues de la Guerre froide, la dernière œuvre du réalisateur du "Lauréat" (1967) s'avère plaisante, grâce à une honnêteté rafraichissante. Son numéro d'équilibriste - entre comédie, drame et émotion - a parfois des ratés : dialogues trop verbeux, humour trop appuyé, transitions trop brutales…
The good and the bad, it seems they can not escape from this trap. Always the same jokes, girls running and men watching their butt, many predictables scenes but people like to see what they had planned to see?, and two terribles, so embarassing moments : when they visit the camp and ohhh so cuuuute they feel touched, and when at the end, Tom Hanks want they have schools... Is it a joke to watch this movie here?
A politician fond of whiskey and pretty women interferes in the Cold War with his plain Texas common sense. And it works ! Cynical & down to earth === Un politicien porté sur le whisky et les jolies femmes imprime sa logique texane à la guerre froide. Et ça marche ! Cynique & plein de bon sens.
The only point goes to Philip Seymour for his good performance as usual, although he would've saved more points with me if he had skipped the bill. The movie is high paced and filled with humorous scenes, covering the frightening imperialistic..caugh, caugh! Sorry.. patriotic, story. Classic short-sighted Hollywood propaganda that completely misses to mention the other sides of the story.
Ha ! Quand Mubi programme un film facile, sexy (autant les mecs que les meufs), avec de l'action, des bons acteurs, des bons sentiments (oui, mais drôles), et une idéologie totalement pare-balle – les States font le "bien" malgré eux (contre les méchants russes), grâce à la danse du ventre et un surprenant œcuménisme judéo-chrétien-musulman reliant le Pakistan, Israël, l'Egypte, l'Arabie Saoudite à l'Afghanistan !