Thursday, March 17, 2016

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Movie Review

Written by Robert Carlock
Based on the book: The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Kim Barker, which you can buy in paperback on Amazon or  B&N or as an ebook from Amazon, B&N, or Kobo
Directed by Glenn Ficara & John Requa
Starring Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thornton, Alfred Molina, Christopher Abbott, etc.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, as you’re no doubt aware, translates from the military alphabet as WTF.

This was a good film, and it’s worth seeing.  You’d expect that a Tina Fey movie would be more of a comedy, and while there are certainly funny parts, the film goes deeper than that into the effects of war and the adrenaline addiction soldiers and even wartime reporters experience.  Tina Fey plays Kim Baker (shortened from Barker for some reason), a reporter in a dead-end job with a boring boyfriend and no future.  She accepts an assignment in Afghanistan, and the film covers her experience there from 2003-2006.

Tina Fey is terrific in this role.  Margot Robbie, fresh off of Focus, does a good job as well.  My favorite, however, is Billy Bob Thornton because with very little screen time steals the show every time he’s on camera.  This is a movie with something to say, and while I felt a few parts of it were a bit heavy-handed, I was fine with it.

Definitely worth watching.

Grade: B+

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