Flash Movie Review: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

The older people are getting the more I have noticed they incorporate an escape plan into their world. If I do a quick count I believe a majority of the people I know have some kind of activity they can escape to, withdrawing from the realities of their day. Off the top of my head I know individuals who do scrap booking, knitting, jigsaw puzzles and reading books just to name a few. I, if you have not noticed, do movies to escape the pressures that come up in my daily life. Films offer me the fastest way to leave the present moment and be whisked into the alternative world of a movie. Even a poorly done movie that I have given a 1 1/2 star rating will partially transport me away; however, the better the film the more I will be drawn into it. If you have read my description for what merits a 4 star rating, you know the movie has to completely remove me from the theater and allow me to become part of the story; where I do not see the actors playing out their roles only the actual characters. Personally I feel everyone should have some kind of activity that allows them to disconnect from their everyday routines. I do not know about you but it seems the older I get more things become challenging for me. A simple activity like driving a car has become harder due to so many distracted drivers, besides the endless construction projects that constantly close roads and lanes. It is no wonder a person feels stuck in their life and just wants to escape to somewhere or something else. With that in mind, I was surprised to see what the main character chose to do in this comedy.    JOURNALIST Kim Baker, played by Tina Fey (Sisters, Muppets Most Wanted), felt she was stuck; her life was going nowhere. That is until an opportunity came up for her to take an assignment in Afghanistan. Based on a true story this war comedy had a well rounded cast that included Margot Robbie (The Wolf of Wall Street, About Time) as Tanya Vanderpoel, Martin Freeman (The Hobbit franchise, Hot Fuzz) as Iain MacKelpie and Alfred Molina (An Education, Chocolat) as Massoud Sadiq. There were parts of this film I enjoyed, but the more the story unfolded the more I lost sense of it. For some reason I started to disbelieve the scenes because they seemed so outrageous or maybe more accurately they lost the emotion of the action. I did not find much humor in this picture; it slowly became ridiculous to me. It is a shame because the idea of the real Kim Baker taking on this assignment is extraordinary; I just wished this script would have come across more real. Part of the blame would have to go to the director. I never once felt I was watching the actual characters, only seeing the actors playing them. This film did not provide me a total escape.

 

2 1/4 stars

 

 

 

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on March 9, 2016, in Comedy and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. I liked the idea of this film but the trailer seemed like a showreel of all the best bits of the film and gave me the gut feeling that the rest of the film would be flat. Your review seems to confirm my gut feeling.

  2. I might disagree just a little with the ending sentiments (although I have the same issue as well in not trusting or believing in the characters). I think the problem was more the actors didn’t fit too well with this. I’ve never seen Tina Fey do drama and there were moments where she really seemed out of her depth. She was definitely likable, but not entirely convincing and in my view that’s almost entirely on the actor. The directors (who did Focus actually) also are to blame for sure. They make this movie do too much. It went all over the place. I liked it more than disliked it though.

    Oh and btw random question: have you ever given a movie less than 1 1/2 stars? What would a film have to do to earn that kind of rating?

    • You explained my feelings better than me; thank you I appreciate it. To answer your question the answer is yes, I have give a few 1 star rating. To get a 1 star rating it not only has to be poorly done but also offensive. Once again thanks for the comments.

  3. yes, movies have always been special to. programs. transportation. i found very young, real fantasy, i can find no difference. no, i am not worried. i treat all ones i meet with kindness. if they will have it.

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