Whiskey Tango Foxtrot


Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is a film that is based on a book entitled, The Taliban Shuffle, Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan about the true life events of a journalist in the Middle East. It’s 2003 and Kim Baker (Tina Fey) is looking for a little adventure in her life so she volunteers to be a foreign correspondent in Afghanistan. She arrives in Kabul where General Shollanek (Billy Bob Thorton) immediately tells her to stay away from his men and not take their minds off their jobs. (That’s a little nicer than what he really said.) She soon befriends fellow reporter Tonya Vandertoel (Margot Robbie) who introduces her to other civilians. Kim is assigned a Scottish photographer named Iain MacKelpie (Martin Freeman) and a security guard by the name of Nic (Steven Peacocke). Being one of the few American women she is very popular even with an Afghanistan leader Ali Massoud Sadiq (Alfred Molina) who is constantly making passes at her. (Of course he isn’t the only one.) Over the next few years, she becomes involved in a romantic relationship, tries to negotiate with corrupt officials and survive dangerous firefights. This film actually has a great story. I was expecting a hilarious film with some slapstick comedy, but in reality, there was zero slapstick and most the humor revolves around sex. Surprisingly, I saw a well written drama with some humor and a fantastic sound track. The real surprise is Tina Fey gives her strongest acting performance ever. The movie also has a great cast supporting Tina Fey in her dramatic role. This is something new and original and I’m giving it a B rating.