WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT

★★½

Starring Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman, Alfred Molina, Christopher Abbott, Billy Bob Thornton, Josh Charles, Cherry Jones
Directed by Glenn Ficarra, John Requa
2016 / 112 Minutes / Paramount Pictures

I’m not really sure how to take this movie… Is it a comedy? Is it a drama? Am I supposed to take this serious? I felt like it was a serious subject that was taken a little too light at times, but what do I know this is apparently a true story so it must be accurate, right Hollywood?

I don’t think Tina Fey would have been my first choice for this movie, I don’t really think anyone in this movie would be my first choice and that’s maybe why it feels a little flat. All I really learned from this is what an awesome fun time reporters have when working in war torn countries. It’s a party every night! I get that this is a film showing us what crazy adrenaline junkies these people have to be to do this, but they could have really delved into that more. It never really felt like it was that important, but you have a character here that is risking her life to get the story and the thrill and adrenaline she’s getting from it. There’s a story there and I’m sure the book this is based on is much better and more real. There’s something here that isn’t quite working and maybe… dare I blame Tina Fey, but maybe she just can’t pull off this should have been more serious of a drama.  There was great potential here to be really interesting and to really learn and understand this character, but instead she’s so one dimensional that I really felt nothing for her nor what she was going through. I think the real life person this was based on deserved much better.

However there are some entertaining moments and I found the subject interesting, I think all I needed was a stronger vision for this and something with more substance. Instead it’s quite glossed over and never really gives us the real truth behind this character. I don’t need a romantic comedy, I want to know more about this person’s mental health. It’s sadly forgettable, but if you need simple entertainment to get you by for an evening it’ll do the trick.

Grade C-

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