Review: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Amber Gilliland, Senior Reporter

When a movie shows Tina Fey yelling “Eat a fart” within the first 10 minutes, it’s going to be a good film.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot tells the story of former The Seattle Times journalist Kim Barker,  played by Fey in the movie.

Based on Barker’s book The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the film follows Baker as she leaves her mundane life to report on the war in Afghanistan.

While the previews make this movie come across as just a comedy, the filmmakers found a way to touch on deeper issues. Scenes that included sexism and the danger of war were portrayed in a way that doesn’t make the film uncomfortable. While some may say the movie downplays the brutality and danger of war, gruesome scenes didn’t seem necessary to get the point across. Someone can still comprehend the pain of losing a friend without having to see their death.

The sexism aspect of the film appears strongly throughout many scenes. At one point in the film, Baker is told by one of the military generals that she better not distract his men while she’s out in the field. She’s also called “Kabul cute” when she arrives to Afghanistan, which basically means that she’s considered prettier there than she would be back in the states.

Like any blockbuster, the film unfortunately adds in a relationship drama aspect because apparently no film about a woman is complete without some form of love scene. Baker falls for Ian MacKelpie (Martin Freeman), the sweet-talking Scottish photographer. This aspect of the film isn’t as overbearing as it could be and often adds comedic value. Thankfully, the film respects Barker enough to not end with Fey’s character riding off into the sunset with her lover.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot has a little bit of something for everyone. The journalism aspect of the film is a treat for anyone interested in reporting, but a background in journalism isn’t necessary to understand the movie. Big guns and even bigger explosions will entertain any man whose girlfriend drags him along against his will. The sudden explosions and gunfire startle the audience on multiple occasions. One-liners from Fey and the rest of the cast keep the audience laughing throughout the entire film. Serious moments are often broken with comedy but not in a tasteless manner.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is one of Fey’s best roles and this film is definitely worth seeing.

4 Star Rating

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Review: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

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