It was an unexpected starring vehicle for SNL alum Tina Fey, but as it turns out, a change of scenery can be good for a person.
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is the latest film by directing duo Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Crazy, Stupid, Love), and tells the story of Kim Baker (Fey), who accepts an assignment as a war correspondent in Afghanistan.
Fey is a dream to watch as Baker who, while initially more timid and reserved, eventually comes out to party and show the audience a good time. Through the many hilarious, romantic, gut-wrenching and tense moments she steps up in a big way, giving us a something a little bit unique, much like her performance in Wish You Were Here.
The supporting cast are just as brilliant to watch, with Billy Bob Thornton playing a small yet memorable role as the no-nonsense General Hollanek and Alfred Molina playing the slightly flirty and extremely powerful Ali Massoud Sadiq. Margot Robbie reteams with her Focus directors in this one, and brings plenty of laughs with her character’s straight-shooter mannerisms (which the film’s trailers have done a great job of showing off). Out of all the relationships in the film however, none stand out as much as the friendship between Baker and Fahim Ahmadzai (Christopher Abbott). Beautifully restrained, their platonic courtship feels more real, tender and sweet than the rest.
Going into Whiskey Tango Foxtrot I had expected to see a straight comedy, and the film takes this direction most of the time. However, more serious events unfold that forces our heroine to reconsider the new, wild and dangerous life she’s living, all the while forcing the audience to rethink the film’s purpose. It’s not all fun and games, but the film is richer thanks to this shift in gear.
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