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Plot: A journalist recounts her wartime coverage in Afghanistan. Runtime: 112 mins Release Date: 04 Mar 2016
Tina Fey may Strike Gold in 2017! (by ChrystineA74)
I've just returned home from watching "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot." I don't know how to begin to explain how intelligent, perfectly paced, unpredictable and spot-on the film is. They got everything right.Tina Fey as "Kim Baker" deserves an Oscar. This is by far her best performance yet, but as with anything Tina Fey is attached to, you'll see nothing but excellence. She is stunningly brilliant in her journey from utterly green, sheltered, cube farming news writer to seasoned, battered, weary war correspondent. Martin Freeman was equally captivating as Scottish <more>
correspondent "Iain MacKelpie." His journey from jaded journalist to the realization that this life, as "Kim" says, "isn't normal", is just as engaging.The supporting characters fully flesh out their roles becoming very real characters that you know and understand, especially Christopher Abbott as "Fahim Ahmadzai," the driver. His farewell scene with Ms. Fey was beautifully touching and at the same time respectful of the cultural divide between US and Afgan etiquette. Evan Jonigkeit won the end of the film with his explanation of his own journey through losing his legs. "You embrace the suck; you move the f*ck forward." Oorah, Sir. Do not go into this film expecting a comedy. This is a dramatic portrayal of life as a war correspondent, with intelligent humor sprinkled throughout in equal measure to moments of terror. It hits every nerve and every note. It's extraordinary all around.
I loved every minute of this movie, and not just because I love everything Tina Fey touches which I do . Disclaimer - I have lived in Afghanistan, albeit as a contractor working inside the wire at KAF, so I had a soft spot for this story from the start. Even better, it's based on a true story! AND THERE'S A BOOK!! MY FAVOURITE!! Both Margot Robbie and Tina Fey were fantastic in their roles, as was Martin Freeman and the rest of the cast. But I gotta give it up to the ladies on this one - from the bad-ass lady reporter Kim who's experience this is based on, to the actresses, this <more>
is just a fantastic story that definitely deserved to be told on film. Oh, did I mention, there is even a scene with a camel spider vs scorpion battle...this is a real phenomenon, people, I saw it happen on base. True 2 Life! To all the haters complaining about the use of language, or drinking/partying, seriously get a LIFE. You swear more when you're in a war zone, that's just how it is! If I were out filming beside soldiers in a firefight, I'd party my ass off, too! Quit being so judgy! And it's based on a TRUE STORY. So why why WHY complain when they're emulating an experience that actually happened!? Go watch something rated PG if you don't like language, k?In summation, this movie was fabulous and you should watch it. 🤘🏻KLJ
Tina Fey? Never liked her, I don't think she's even that funny. Margot Robbie? Oh yeah baby! Martin Freeman is good in everything he does, as is Billy Bob Thornton and neither of them fail in this story about a war reporter. The first thing that struck me was that you could easily believe you were actually in Kabul. The customs, the sets, the people all appeared genuine and gave you the feeling you were there. There was very little about war politics, thankfully this film was about people and their experiences. The characters were truly believable, every single one, and the pace was <more>
perfect. The dialogue was meaningful and amusing at times, and the direction was deft enough to pick up nuances of feeling. The ending is in fact...genius. I've watched a lot of rot lately and been saddened that there is so much rubbish around, this raised my spirits no end and I am now a definite Tina Fey beginning-fan.
This movie is totally worth a prime-time ticket and a big popcorn. Then get the DVD to show it to friends. No scenery/FX worth a BluRay. Some folks question changing the excellent title of the book on which it is based to: WHISKEY, TANGO, FOXTROT. That phrase may not be as well known as what it translates to "What The Fsck," but wondering-then-figuring-it-out does get attention. The sales cycle Attention/Interest/Desire/Action is thus well served.I suspect that "Foxtrot/Fsck" in a movie title with Margot Robbie's character admitting she knows she's a <more>
"15" in AfPak and then "usin' it" in the trailers, sets an expectation that we'll see at least as much of her as we did in say, "The Big Short" or "Wolf of Wallstreet" and that sells tickets. Ms. Robbie has a lot of well deserved "body confidence," which by itself did not sell me a ticket - but it didn't hurt either.Co-Producer Fey wants to tell tickets, yes, but she has told us a story and she wants us to see it. A 5-star business decision, say I. The movie shows what happens when you mix a stone-age culture with modern weapons from the POV of a New York Girl/Journalist. Neither book or movie have suggestions on what to do about AfPac. It does however help us understand what "The Graveyard of Empires" is all about.
One of the few movies I've paid full price for and didn't regret (by jjmcgee-25086)
I'm a fan of 30 Rock and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, so when Tina Fey's name was attached to this movie I knew I wanted to see it. More than that, knowing it was based on the memoirs of female war correspondent meant I probably would have seen it anyway. I want to read the book.I've read the reviews here and agree with the many insightful positive comments on the movie. There isn't much need to go into them in detail, so I'll summarize what I liked most:A chance to see what it's really like to be an embedded journalist in a war zone, including the partying, but also <more>
the more realistic aspects, such as dealing with network executives responding to public indifference. I liked the focus on career rivalry/friendship between the two women. As many other women, including Fey herself, have observed, usually women are portrayed either as romantic rivals or enemies, while good looking women especially are portrayed as empty headed or mean, and marriage or man obsessed.I liked the movie's emphasis on career as a source of satisfaction and growth. The movie has been criticized because it allows Fey's character a romantic/sexual interest. Somehow that ruins the movie's "integrity" as a feminist story for some. Why aren't career women allowed boyfriends? It felt more true to life than the type of rom-com relationship women are usually allowed; either a one-night stand that results in hilarious pregnancy or a happily ever after. The real triumph was her success at the end, which by the way neatly turned the tables on the "damsel in distress" story. I loved it and it was worth seeing for that alone. It's worth taking your tween or princess obsessed daughter who is old enough for mature content to see.I enjoyed seeing Fey get a chance to grow as an actress, especially a 40-something one. They don't take her too far into drama or tragedy territory; just enough.The movie has gotten some criticism for using a Western actor, Christian Abbot, to play an Afghan role, her translator and fixer. I went in prepared to dislike that. However, I could see that they chose to cast an actor with the range and depth they needed, rather than the ethnicity. It works. The scene where he tells her why he no longer wants to drive for her broke my heart. It was so sweet and his Fahim had so much depth. So, all the things I liked. Here is the one thing I had a problem with: The portrayal, or lack thereof, of Afghan women. This probably reflects the book, which I haven't read. At the same time, they added other aspects that weren't in the book. A real missed opportunity comes when Kim is asked into a room full of village women. They take off their veils. The camera stands behind them. We never see their faces. This could have humanized these women in one shot and we miss it. She comes out later to report what they told her, but we never hear them speak. It was a real disappointment. If any group of people needed a voice in this story, it was the women of Afghanistan.But anyway, see it. I did, and I'm sure I'll watch it again.
Nearly Flawless, 9 out of 10 for Tina Fey and Lorne Michaels (by paulwaidelich)
Wow. If I wasn't already a fan of Saturday Night Live's Tina Fey, I sure am now. The same barbed wit is evident throughout Whiskey, Tengo Foxtrot military acronym for What the F*** , but this isn't a skit. Tina Fey portrays a nuanced character, a low level employee of a network news department who makes an impulsive career move and ends up as a war correspondent in Afghanistan. Doesn't sound entertaining? It probably wouldn't be without the amazing touch Fey puts on her character. While it's not a war movie, it certainly captures the hopelessness of a culture doomed <more>
to perpetual war in the arm pit of the world. Afghanistan ultimately gets dismissed as a place undeserving of American military support, or even interest. The people shoot each other and blow each other up in conflict over interpretations of their medieval religion, and the movie correctly concludes "who cares"? But the Americans and individual Afghanis touch each others lives in ways that transcend cynicism. Fey and her Saturday Night Live co-producer Lorne Michaels find humor and humanity in ways that make you root for all the characters. The movie has no dull moments, and the pacing keeps you in your seat. Like Afghanistan itself, there were potential landmines of preachiness, boring politics and hopelessness...and WTF avoids them all. There are subtle, brilliant, and stereotype breaking supporting roles by Billy Bob Thornton, Alfred Molina, Spiderman 2 , Margot Robbie Wolf of Wall Street and Martin Freeman whose correspondent character is as far from Bilbo Baggins as Kabul is from New York. Three cheers for Tina Fey, who manages to give us entertainment and a smile while showing us how lucky we are to be Americans. WTF could have been boring and preachy, and instead gives us a feel good movie from the most unlikely place on earth.
Strong Satirical look at the Afghanistan conflict (by bankofmarquis)
One of the reasons that I write reviews of movies is that I hope to turn people on to good movies that might otherwise fly under their radar.Such is my hope with Tina Fey's latest film WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT - a satirical view of the conflict in Afghanistan as seen through the eyes of a novice International reporter Fey . What starts out as a funny and corny "fish out of water" movie, slowly morphs into a more serious film about the addictive nature of constantly being in a warzone situation.Fey is perfectly cast as the central character - war correspondent Kim Baker - who heads <more>
to an overseas assignment in Afghanistan to escape a rather humdrum life. I was a little nervous, at first, as all the funny parts that were in the trailer were in the first 1/2 hour of this film - and Fey handles those with aplomb. She is a gifted comedienne, so these scenes looked effortless for her. It is her transition to a more serious reporter, addicted to the adrenaline of her job that Fey really shines. I was impressed with her serious work in THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU and was anxious when it looked like her career regressed with last December's SISTERS, but I'm happy to say she continues to grow as an actress and she is strong in this part.But, this movie is more than just Fey. She has a very strong supporting cast around her - Martin Freeman as an Irish photographer, Margot Robbie who continues to grow as an actress as a friend/journalist competitor to Fey, Alfred Molina as an Afghanistan politician and newcomer at least to me Christoper Abbott as Fey's interpreter - they all bring something interesting to the table that helps this movie along.Special mention should be made of Billy Bob Thornton's General Hollander - the US Commander in the region. While he does not have many scenes in the movie, he brings a presence that is heads and shoulders above everyone else when he is on screen. This fits well in this movie, for the Commanding General in that region should be heads and shoulders above the rest. He also gave me the best laugh in this movie a joke I will not spoil here .This movie is much, much more than a simple rom-com or military comedy, it is a Comedy/Drama that brings quite a bit of heart to it. I would strongly encourage you to seek this one out, you'll be glad you did.8 out of 10 stars and you can take that to Bank of Marquis
WTF, shouldered by Tina Fay, is NOT a comedy (by paul-allaer)
"Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" 2016 release; 111 min. brings the story "Based on a True Story" we are reminded of Kim Baker played by Tina Fay.. As the movie opens, we see Baker in a heated argument with an Afghani man. Then we go "Two Years Earlier", where Baker, looking miserable, is in a team meeting for some news outfit. When told that there is a shortage of TV journalists in Afghanistan, Baker does not hesitate, and she volunteers, supposedly for a three month assignment. Next thing, we see Baker arrive at the Kabul Airport. At this point we are at most 10 <more>
minutes into the movie but to tell you more would spoil your viewing experience, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out.Couple of comments: this movie is the big screen adaptation of the book "The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan" by real-life TV reporter Kim Barker not sure why in the movie the names becomes "Baker" . The movie is the latest for directing team Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, who previously brought us "Crazy Stupid Love" and "Focus", among others. Here, they, along with producers Lorne "SNL" Michaels and Tina Fay herself, try to give us a glimpse of what it was like for an inexperienced journalist to come to Afghanistan in 2003 and report on the war. The early past of the movie shows us how Baker is adjusting to her new environment, and what a shock to the system it is indeed. Along the way we get to know fellow journalist Tanya Vanderpoel, played by up-and-coming Australian actress Margot Robbie who also was in "Focus" . But the movie really takes off in the second hour no worries, I won't spoil . Incredibly, Google Movie Times bills this as a 'comedy', and IMDb categorizes it as "Comedy, War". Please note: this is NOT a comedy. If you are going to see this, expecting many laugh-out-loud moments as only Tina Fey the comedian can bring them you are going to be sorely disappointed and let down. Sure, there are a few good chuckles early on as Baker/Fey adjusts to life in Afghanistan, but that's it. "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" is a journalistic war drama, period. Not sure whether it is the producers or the studio who are pushing this as a 'comedy' but that is a grave mistake. Besides Fey and Robbie, there are many other fine performances, including Billy Bob Thornton in a small role as a Marine Corps General. Last but bot least, there is a lot of great music in the film, including the original score, courtesy of Nick "DeVotchKa" Urata, and also a bunch of song placements, such as Radiohead's "Nude", the National's "Green Gloves" and Harry Nillson's "Without You", which I will never listen to the same way again, seeing how it was used in this movie. Bottom line: "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" is a fine movie, shouldered by Tina Fey NOT being funny."Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" was released nationwide this weekend. The Sunday matinée screening where I saw this at here in Cincinnati was not attended well, I am sad to report. Apparently it underperformed elsewhere too, grossing only $7 million, far below expectations. That is a darn shame. I blame both the intentional or not mislabeling of this as a 'comedy' when it is nothing near that, and/or fatigue among US audiences on seeing movies about the wars in Afghanistan or Iraq. Regardless, I enjoyed "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" a lot for what it is journalistic war drama . If you have a chance to catch this, be it in theaters, on Amazon Instant Video or eventually on DVD/Blu-ray, I strongly encourage you to do so as this movie deserves a bigger audience. "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Best Movie About Women in War Since Fort Bliss (by theRetiree)
OK, so Tina Fey isn't actually a soldier, but she's not the horny bimbo who gets busy with George Clooney in Three Kings either. Its now clear that Tina Fey is one of the most multi-talented people in the entertainment world, and this movie will go far toward solidifying her reputation as a broad gauge polymath. Aside from everything else, its clear she's a wonderful actor, and interestingly enough all the really strong central characters in this movie are indeed women as Tina ruefully laments that she should have googled one particular character. Don't worry, there's <more>
plenty of blood and guts, bad language, and techno porn for the teen-aged boys why on earth would anybody come to a R rated movie with WTF as the title and give it a bad review for being shocked by language, sex, and violence. Don't however, expect Margot Robbie or anyone else to replay Margot's Wolf of Wall Street shenanigans. Even the Anglo actors playing indigini as we called the locals in Viet nam are wonderful. Well worth seeing, worth owning.