“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.”
Striking a balance between engaging politics and persistent, witty humor isn’t always easy. Fortunately, this is handled just well enough in Charlie Wilson’s War. What makes the film stand out from other, similar works is just how colorful it is, even during the most grim moments. And though Tom Hanks is in good form here, it’s Philip Seymour Hoffman who steals the show, adding to the endless list of supporting characters we never feel we get enough of. The entire film seems intended as a see-how-things-repeat type of movie, which will be part of what makes it engaging or agonizing, depending on what type of view and mentality you take while watching it.