Thursday, 12 May 2016

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Inspired by the real experiences of an American journalist in Afghanistan, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is a hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy. Perhaps some moments are culturally insensitive and certain people will be offended by some content, but those people are not likely to watch the film anyway. The story centres around Kim Baker (Tina Fey), a bored writer at a news station, who jumps at the chance to report on the War on Terror. She moves to Kabul and finds herself reinvigorated with journalism. Fey is as funny as ever in a role that really suits her. Martin Freeman is also very good as a charming Scottish photojournalist. Christopher Abbott and Alfred Molina both give solid performances as Afghans, but I find it hard to believe there were no Middle Eastern actors who could have been just as strong. In fact, the white-washing in the film is quite disappointing. Margot Robbie, who plays another journalist in Kabul, was also a weak link with a messy accent. If you are easily offended, stay away from Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, but if you are a fan of Fey's other work you will certainly enjoy this film too.  


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