Charlie Wilson’s War

January 16, 2008 at 3:15 pm | Posted in Movies | Leave a comment
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SPOILERS: DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVE NOT SEEN THE FILM 

One of the many things to compromise on when you are in a relationship is on movies. Bill would never go with me to a chick flick and I would never go with him to see an action movie. So this past weekend we met in the middle and saw Charlie Wilson’s War.

The timing of this film is appropriate in a scary way. I did not know too much about the situation in Afghanistan in the 1980s, other than what I read in Khaled Hosseini novels. The movie was like a history lesson with a little bit of nudity on the side. This read like a classic case of “If we only knew then what we knew now….”. In the 70s and part of the 80s, we thought the Soviets were the biggest enemy of all time. Little did we know about fundamentalist Islam……

The most striking part of the film for me was near the end when Charlie Wilson was meeting with a few of the congressmen asking for a million dollars to build schools in Afghanistan and the request was met with indifference. It’s like the only thing that mattered was kicking Soviet butt and once that was finished, the fate of the Afghans was tossed aside.

It is a rare thing when a movie actually is able to teach you something and give you a new perspective on the current situation in the world and Charlie Wilson’s War definitely did that. Plus, it was so nice to see Tom Hanks back on the screen again. We missed you, Tom.

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