Charley Wilson’s War (US, 2007)

To say this mess is confusing is an understatement. It ranges from a condemnation of America’s lack of reconstruction of Iraq to a celebration of childlike Mujahideen in Afghanistan. Presumably the latter is such a retro-representation of 3rd world peasants that it’s meant to be satire; read it as you will.

Even if we take the film as a critique of US intervention it still fails to cohere. The script seems to pretend its one-liners are satiric and all the performances are off-key as if they didn’t know what tone to strike.

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