The first trailer has just arrived for what we now know is the #10 most anticipated movie of next year… Charlie Wilson’s War! It stars Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts, which I assume is the main reason moviegoers are so eager to see it, since the actual premise doesn’t sound like the kind of thing that usually fills seats. Then again, this is shaping up to be a big year for political dramas. Charlie Wilson is a Texas congressman who, during the Cold War, talked the C.I.A. into supplying weapons to Afghanistan to take on the Soviet Union. His actions helped neutralize the communist threat, but it indirectly resulted in the rise of the Taliban and paved the way for Osama Bin Laden to build his terrorist network.
Knowing that, you may wonder why this trailer plays out as if Charlie Wilson is some sort of American hero. In fact, it seems to be more of a comedy than anything else, although that may just be how they’re marketing it. Is it supposed to be a biting satire? I’m not sure. It’s directed by Mike Nichols who has brought us such films as Closer, The Birdcage and of course, The Graduate. Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, on the other hand, was the man behind A Few Good Men. With the exception of Philip Seymour Hoffman, who looks pretty hilarious, I don’t have a ton of interest in this. But I have a sneaking suspicion it will be generating Oscar buzz come December. Charlie Wilson’s War hits theatres on December 25th.» Related Link: Yahoo!: Charlie Wilson's War trailer