Saturday, March 12, 2016

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Review - 2½ Stars

Tina Fey goes to war in “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot.” She’s a fish out of water, working for a national cable company writing copy in a newsroom, suddenly given the opportunity to embed with the Marines in Afghanistan. The story comes from TV journalist Kim Barker’s memoir. Tina (as Kim) gets thrust out of her comfort zone, has some close calls, sees friends killed, and stays longer than she should. While there, she has an affair with Martin Freeman, gets hit on by Afghan politician Alfred Molina, and makes friends with fellow cable broadcaster Margot Robbie. The fish out of water in a war setting feels familiar; and Tina Fey has already won us to her side in her previous work. Unfortunately “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” doesn’t feel new or exciting. It is easy to watch and easy to take in, and an OK way to spend a couple of hours. Does it deliver what it promises? War comedy romance. Is it entertaining? Easy. Is it worth the price of admission? Sure.