This film successfully tells the story of a politician that has largely been forgotten despite a most remarkable career. To fully appreciate this film one needs to study the real life of Charlie Wilson and listen to some interviews that he did, in particular one with the BBC. This film illustrates how unnecessary fiction is given how strange the truth can be. Surprisingly Tom Hanks does not ruin this film. It is a little rough around the edges in terms of style but the background to it more than compensates.