The last time we saw Tina Fey she was partying it up with bestie Amy Poehler in comedy ‘Sisters’. This time round she’s traded the red cups and late night antics for bombs and bullets on the front line of news reporting in Afghanistan. Marketed as a comedy drama could ‘Whiskey Tango Foxtrot’ deliver on either of those genres?
The trailers for the film obviously mostly focused on the comedy element to the film and with Tina Fey in the lead role combined with the clever title which plays on the NATO phonetic alphabet you could be forgiven for expecting an all out comedy. In all honesty I’d say that this is more of a drama than a comedy, the film is actually based on a true story which always gives a narrative more weight behind it. That isn’t to say that the film isn’t funny though. There are laughs to be had but they are rarely side splitting, instead the comedy is more consistently amusing more than anything else. The setting and topic of the film could have been a tricky one to maneuver in terms of adding comedy to it considering its sensitive nature but the film does well never to become offensive but always keeping it’s audience entertained.
The film has a good cast with Tina Fey leading the group. She was a great casting choice as she was able to pull off both the drama and comedy in equal measure despite her largely comedic history. Margot Robbie plays another war correspondent, she doesn’t have a massive role but she is believable and performs well in her scenes. Martin Freeman also stars as a freelance Scottish photographer, he offers a lot of comedy thanks to the writing of his character and his accent is spot on. Other cast members include Billy Bob Thornton and Alfred Molina who both contribute well to the film having good chemistry with Fey’s lead character. The narrative itself is an interesting one, at the start of the film you wonder if it’s going to hold your attention and what the focus will be but quickly enough the story does engage you and there are some nice messages thrown in throughout the film without being overly sentimental or soppy.
I didn’t really know what to expect from ‘Whiskey Tango Foxtrot’ but I certainly didn’t think that there would be a good drama in there. Don’t just expect comedy as this element is more of a companion to the drama than the main focus but the two genres work well together. Brought to life by the well rounded cast, ‘Whiskey Tango Foxtrot’ is worth checking out and has plenty to say about it’s subject matter.
Rating – 7.5/10
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