Monday, January 7, 2008

Charlie Wilson's War Review

This is an EXTREMELY generous 6 and is based, in large part, on three things: an ingenious script, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Amy Adams. The screenplay is absolutely hilarious, even when undercut by poor editing, and brings a wicked sense of humor to...(read more) pretty deep material. Amy Adams, so delightful in Enchanted, is wondeful and brings life to every one of her scenes. Philip Seymour Hoffman, having the year of a lifetime with three stellar performances, steals every single scene he's in with wonderful delivery and a ridiculous character he manages to really bring to life. The problems here are many though. Julia Roberts is putrid. Tom Hanks is, more or less, miscast and, at times, the character just doesn't make sense. The editing is the worst I've ever seen in a prestige movie (it's of a level similar to Saw's) and ruins all semblence of pace and cohesion by the end. Still it's funny and worth it for Hoffman.

Overall Score: 6/10

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