I am forever in debt to Tina Fey for 30 Rock. As a result, I will see every single movie she is in. That show is that good.
Because of that success, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot was advertised as a comedy. While it’s undeniably funny, this is a gross misrepresentation of some great themes in the movie.
Kim Baker (Tina Fey) is a something something boring background worker for a news company. It’s so unimportant it’s barely mentioned, but important enough that when said company begs its minor employees to go report on the war in Afghanistan, because all their sexy employees are in Iraq, Kim is one of the few asked to go. She says no.
But then she says yes when she realizes that she’s kind of stuck in life. So off she heads to Kabul to party with the other death-wish journalists as they interview soldiers, encounter extreme culture clash, and wonder if anyone back home cares.
Tina Fey is hilarious. Her brand of self deprecating humor, knowing facial expressions, and indignant anger is in full force. She’s surrounded by a decent cast as well. Martin Freeman is here as the sexy Scottish cameraman. And Margot Robbie is here as a sexy journalist. It’s kind of astounding how many sexy people went to Afghanistan.
What separates this movie from others is Kim’s personal journey. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot doesn’t provide answers, just one woman’s decisions about how her life should look. How much advice she should take from friends, and which friends are actually real. It’s the story of knowing when you need to leave, and when you need to go back.
My only drawback from the film is its entirely unrealistic rescue operation near the very end. It works with the tone of the film, but feels both rushed and tacked on.
Otherwise, Foxtrot is a fantastic redbox rental. Especially if you love Tina Fey.
3.5 out of 4 stars.
P.S. Try not to fall in love with Fahim.