Sunday, January 13, 2008
Charlie Wilson's War: Flawed Man's Journey
I saw Charlie Wilson's War last night and I was moderately surprised. Since it's a Mike Nichols film (Nichols has yet to disappoint me), I had hidden hopes for it.
Other than the sex, drugs, and war motif, Nichols features something else: Philip Seymour Hoffman. Hoffman plays a CIA operative named Gust Avrakotos and he steals every scene in which he finds himself. There are few roles in which Hoffman does not manage to shine; this is not one of them. His screen dynamics with Tom Hanks et al., were appealing and the fast-paced dialog between the two oozed humor and intelligence. Hoffman is the kind of actor who makes all in his presence look bearable, including Julia Roberts.
Overall, I would say Charlie Wilson's War delivers.
Here are some quotes I remember from last night's viewing:
1) Can we just take a moment to reflect on all of the ways that you are a douche bag?
2)You know you've reached rock bottom when you're told you have character flaws by a man who hanged his predecessor in a military coup.
3) Charlie Wilson: You're no James Bond.
Gust Avrakotos: You're no Thomas Jefferson, either. Let's call it even.