Expecting Whiskey Tango Foxtrot to be a comedy will have you saying WTF. I am giving it a B+.
Tina Fey plays Kim Barker, a news correspondent who signs up to go overseas to Afghanistan to cover the war. Asked because she was single without children (basically no one would cry if she died), Kim finds herself in dangerous situations as well as competition for breaking news.
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is based on the real life experiences of Kim Barker, who wrote a book about her adventures. The previews show this movie’s funny parts and with Tina Fey in the lead, you expect a comedy, yet this movie is a poignant reminder of the casualties of war…relationships, morals, and liver.
Kim’s relationships are the focus as she navigates this new world. Her “fixer” shows her the way to blend into the culture. The men want to become her “special friend” while her boyfriend back home doesn’t like waiting on Kim. It’s Kim’s relationship with her British counterpart played by Margot Robbie that changes the most.
I found Martin Freeman as Iain MacKelpie to be an amazing character. He’s fun and flirty but also serves as a sounding board and partner for Kim. I’d love to have seen a different ending to their relationship.
Movie-goers liken the movie to MASH in how it portrays the truth about war but in a way that doesn’t preach. We see things from Kim’s point of view which becomes skewed as she pushes to keep in the limelight. It’s like an addiction. And while the movie has its light moments, it will give you a different perspective of overseas news and the people who report it!
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