Saturday, February 09, 2008

Charlie Wilson's War - Warning coarse language

I just watched the movie and I thought it was pretty good - a bit light but pretty good nonetheless. Its got great witty lines, a wicked sarcastic tone to it - but also has a serious side to it. Worth watching.

So whats it about? Basically about Senator Charlie Wilson - a drunk, a playboy, but an otherwise pleasant man - who decides to help the Afghans defeat the Soviets. The Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan in 1980 - and the Afghans armed with WW1 rifles* had a Japanese whale's chance of survival against the Soviet Army - who had armored rocket firing helicopters and main battle tanks.

Charles Seymour does a great job as a spy with the diplomatic skill of a bear that sat on a bee hive. And Tom Hanks and his crew of extremely pretty secretaries make a fine hash out of a minimal plot.

*Yes I know the Lee Enfield rifle was used in WW2 - but it was still developed for WW1... so eat my pants.

Anyhow watch the clip and enjoy.

(Side note- for some reason - media player plays the clip in the wrong aspect ratio, so it looks squashed- playing it in MP Classic gets it right tho.)

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