As an American, we have some pretty serious problems here. Things like equality, political lesser of two evils, bullying, minimum wage and other super crazy and dangerous issues. Meanwhile in the Middle East there is social paralysis, entire cities being bombed and destroyed for virtually no reason, entire villages of people being senselessly slaughtered, government corruption that makes what we’re dealing with in the U.S. look like a schoolyard squabble, and war, war, war, and more war.
There are countless movies out there that recount Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, as well as other Middle East countries and the terrible things that happen in places that aren’t America. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is about Kim Baker, a New York journalist who is sent to Afghanistan to become a war correspondent. While there, she makes friends, looses friends, looses love, finds love, shoots guns, gets shot at, saves people and ultimately finds who she really is. Tina Fey is a comedienne, and accordingly a majority of the movie is fueled by comedy, jokes, funny one-liners, and funny reaction to situations. However, the seriousness of the entire situation is made prevalent several times throughout the movie. Situational terror, fear for life and safety, having to do a job while surrounded by victims, just a couple of the things that bring to the surface how scary a place like the Middle East can be for an unassuming, completely ill-prepared American.
|Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016)|
|Rating: 7.0/10 (3,832 votes)
Director: Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
Writer: Robert Carlock (screenplay), Kim Barker (based on the book "The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan" by)
Stars: Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman, Alfred Molina
Runtime: 112 min
Genre: Comedy, War
Released: 04 Mar 2016
|Plot: A journalist recounts her wartime coverage in Afghanistan.|
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot was a terrific movie. I liked seeing Tina Fey doing a role that wasn’t just exclusively comedy. With support from the likes of Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman, Alfred Molina, and Billy Bob Thornton, the cast is wonderful. Relative newcomer Christopher Abbott also pleasantly took me by surprise. Going into this, I figured it was a pure comedy, but in reality it’s a blend of genres; war, comedy and drama. Now that I think about it, I could see how perhaps some people might not be thrilled at taking any degree of comedy with war and such. However, the troops that are serving in these wars have their fair share of downtime, and when surrounded by danger and intense stress, having laughter and levity is an absolutely necessity.
All in all, I really liked this. I enjoyed the general vibe it had and the glimpse into the war from a media perspective rather than a soldier perspective. The action was good without being too much, the story behind the people was great without being droll. I highly recommend it, it’s a very fine movie. Below is the trailer if you’d like to watch it.