Uncle Hyena (unclehyena) wrote,
Uncle Hyena

Todd and Wilson

Yesterday's movies were "Sweeney Todd" and "Charlie Wilson's War".

"Todd" is a somewhat abridged, slightly altered film version of Sondheim's musical, as directed by Tim Burton, and starring Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter. Exactly. If you can visualize that, you don't NEED to see the movie, though it is likely you will want to. I have never liked the story very much (which is not the same thing as not liking the SHOW...), and still don't.

"Charlie Wilson's War" is just amazing. Good cast, good script, solid production, wildly improbable but none the less true story. After we saw the movie, we went home and watched the History Channel's documentary version of the real events, and the movie has ALL of its facts straight. The movie is more fun to watch, and also knows exactly how seriously to take itself (the story of the Little Boy and the Zen Master is telling).

Still, as positive messages go... Charlie Wilson, a hard drinking, womanizing, inconsequential Congressman from the suburbs of Houston CHANGED THE HISTORY OF THE WORLD. It doesn't matter, in the end, if the change was good or bad; what does matter is that it happened.

Uncle Hyena
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