Posts Tagged ‘Amy Adams’

“Charlie Wilson’s War”: Fights the Good Fight

January 11, 2008

Charlie Wilson’s War

Perspective, that’s what Charlie Wilson’s War keeps in mind. While other political war movies this season are caught in the quagmire of the news of our current world wide screw ups, Charlie goes back to one that could have started or (at least worsened) many of our current problems. At the very least it takes apart the thought processes of our political system. It does so by telling the story of Charlie Wilson and how he waged a covert war that helped end the Cold War. In short, by supplying Afghanistan with billions of dollars worth of military equipment they were able to stick it to the Soviets. It’s funny to think of a time in which we were helping Afghanistan and not tearing it apart.

There’s no grandstanding here. There’s never a “we’re better than they are” mentality. Writer Aaron Sorkin knows we all have a little dirt on our hands and he points it out. Sure we’re helping murderers and backstabbers, but we’re not so righteous ourselves. Charlie Wilson, a military advisor is, in fact, the least righteous person for the job. Tom Hanks has always had a hard time really digging into the darker sides of his characters, but here he takes full strides as an actor bringing to life this sordid, womanizing personality. He’s not stupid, just brazen, which is probably why he got along so well with Gust Avrakotos, the CIA operative that Philip Seymour Hoffman throws himself into.

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“Enchanted”: The Title Appropriate

December 7, 2007

Enchanted

I stopped watching Disney movies a long time ago. And I don’t mean the Bruckheimer or the Pixar films. I still see those. Though I missed Cars. No, what I’m talking about, are the Disney films with talking animals and fluffy songs. I stopped watching those, not because I outgrew them, but because they lost their charm. I missed Pocahontas and The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and pretty much everything since which mainly consists of direct-to DVDs. Whatever charm they were missing they got it back in spades with Enchanted, and they really don’t even need a story, all they have to do is keep the camera trained on Amy Adams beatific face and there’s enough charm for 50 movies to come, and lucky for the audience that’s what the director has chosen to do. Her eyes are so big and full of life in this film that one can imagine her as one of those silent film bomb shells, innocent yet someone you can never stop dreaming about. And without the 100% commitment she gives to the role, the film would have been obnoxious as all get out. To be cute for a minute or two, or even a line of dialogue is a tough sell sometimes, but Adams keeps it going and keeps it fresh for two hours. So even parts of the script that could have been stagnant are alive. Slow down Phil, but what is the film about you ask?

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