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Blu-ray Review: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

June 29, 2016

By John Corrado

★★★ (out of 4)

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Blu-rayBased on a true story, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot follows news copy writer Kim Baker (Tina Fey) who leaves her desk job in New York and is sent to cover the war in Afghanistan, where she forges relationships with a no-nonsense Colonel (Billy Bob Thornton), a fellow reporter (Margot Robbie), and a freelance photographer (Martin Freeman).

Perched on the precipice of M.A.S.H.-like war satire and more serious combat drama, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is an all around entertaining film.  Although the film can be a bit meandering at times, directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa offer some stylishly done sequences, including a nighttime rescue set to Harry Nillson’s “Without You.”

The glue that really holds Whiskey Tango Foxtrot together is the excellent cast.  Tina Fey does a solid job of carrying the film, proving herself capable of delivering a more dramatic role, and there is also some great interplay between the actors, including expectedly solid work from Margot Robbie and Martin Freeman, as well as memorable performances from Christopher Abbot and Alfred Molina in other supporting roles.  With just enough weight behind the story to keep us engaged, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is an enjoyable dramedy that is especially worth seeing for the cast.

The Blu-ray also includes deleted and extended scenes, as well as five featurettes both on the making of the film and Kim Barker, the real war reporter who inspired the story.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is a Paramount release.  It’s 112 minutes and rated 14A.

One Comment leave one →
  1. Nicholas permalink
    February 8, 2017 10:50 am

    Fantastic movie. It reminded me of good morning vietnam. Its always hard for a comedic actor to break preconceptions and doing more serious roles. Most people just keep waiting for the puch line but its not that kind of movie. Its A drama with comedic undertones. It did a great job capturing the cultural environment and tones of the complex situations between the two cultures. I felt this portaited a more acurate account of the people and situation in Afghanistan than any of the other those special-ops movies where it’s so “Hero vs bad guys.”


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