Superb film. It was funny, engrossing, and enjoyable. It wasn’t too terribly preach-y, just thought provoking. I haven’t read the book, but every review I’ve seen indicates that it is an honest adaptation. The one problem I had: Julia Roberts’ accent. It was grating and inconsistent.
Philip Seymour Hoffman was phenomenal as Gust, I certainly hope that he receives multiple accolades for the work. He was great, I don’t think I can stress that enough. Those glasses were hideous (thank you early 1980s) and the too-short ties were entertaining, but fit his character perfectly. A rough-and-tumble CIA analyst with one thing on his mind: Afghanistan. From the bugged whiskey bottle to the “fuck you” convo with his boss, his acting was masterful. He was one of the best parts of the movie.
The final quote really summed up the movie (not a spoiler, especially if you know a smidge about Cold War history): “These things really happened. We changed the world, then we [blew] the end game”. The cyclical nature of history is worth consideration. Think about it in terms of Iraq.
Wonderful movie, I can’t say enough good things about it, 12 thumbs straight up.