Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016)
A journalist recounts her wartime coverage in Afghanistan and Pakistan.
You won't be disappointed!
Intense, gripping, stylish and poignant
Pretty good movie overall. First half was nothing special but it got better as it went along.
The movie runs out of plot and jokes well before the end of a two-hour running time, long for a light comedy.
This is one of my favorite Tina Fey movies since it shows her acting range and isn't just a comedy. It is more of a drama than a comedy since it is about War Journalism, and is both "light" and "heavy" at the same time. I have watched it a few times and look forward to watching it again fairly soon.
I thought Whiskey Tango Foxtrot was an okay movie. Not great, but okay. It did not have enough action or suspense to be held up by those pillars. It had some R-rated romance, but not so steamy that the movie could fly with just the romantic involvement of the two leads. It had some elements concerning the philosophy of life, but that was not what the movie was about. I've got it... the film was a little bit like being in a boat that wasn't big enough to have a party or even make love, moving too fast to fish out of, and not sea-worthy enough for a long trip. How's that for an analogy?But the biggest problem I had with it was Tina Fey as the female war correspondent. Give me some time and I could come up with 50 actresses that would have been better cast. I noticed that Tiny Fey was of the film's producers. I wonder if that helps explain things to me.
This comedy wasn't full of laughs, but it didn't tell much of a story either. It simply drifted. The soundtrack forces the movie to read as a romantic comedy, and is oddly pensive and optimistic at moments when people are being gunned down. Perhaps the film was actually meant to be a romantic comedy. Despite being about an independent female reporter in Afghanistan, the most interesting storyline is Kim's relationship with Bilbo Baggins (Martin Freeman). I did enjoy how as the movie progressed, the once scary and threatening Afghanistan had turned into "home" for Kim.
I'll admit to not being the biggest fan of Tina Fey. I find she often plays it too safe in her comedy and has never managed to step out there and take on that role that could be a game changer. So I was interested to see what she would produce in 'Whiskey Tango Foxtrot'. The movie was certainly a lot more serious than a lot of the promotions would have you believe, and so we got to see Fey doing some real acting. I wouldn't say she was brilliant in the lead role, but luckily the script and supporting cast were enough to carry her.There are certainly a lot of familiar faces in the cast. Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thornton and even an Australian actor who I know from a show called 'Home & Away' called Stephen Peacocke plays a minor role. So for a film set a long way away in Afghanistan, I certainly never felt lonely about the accompany of actors and actresses.The film is more a series of events than an overall arcing plot. There is a story in the background, but it works more as a collection of tales (this is based on a true story). I found a lot of the events portrayed very interesting to watch. It's safe to say the film is at its best when it is trying to entertain you, rather than when it is trying to impress you (if that makes sense). Basically I mean when the film tries to have a heart and show off Fey's acting skills it can fall apart a little. The rest though makes for great viewing and I'd happily recommend this to most people.