Film trailers are designed to entice people to go to the theater.
The trailer for Tina Fey’s latest film “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” has the opposite effect. It works wonderfully to camouflage an important serious story about a war correspondent and turns it into a punch line.
“Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” tells the story of journalist Kim Barker (Fey) who is given the opportunity to cover the ongoing war in Afghanistan. Barker originally worked behind the camera, writing copy to be read over the air, but after doing some soul searching, Barker decides to take a chance and head overseas. Once in the country, Barker’s world is turned upside down as she reports on the conflict and discovers who she is and wants to become.
The “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” trailer paints unfair portrait of what is really a great story. It shows the dangers faced by war reporters and the fears they have to overcome to bring the news to the public. It also explores how a person can become lost when reporting a story, forgetting the world around them.
One of the most powerful scenes in the film in when Barker’s translator tells her he does not want to work with her anymore because the risks she takes pose danger to not only to herself but to others who work beside her. This advice only sinks in after a fellow colleague is killed and another is kidnapped.
Fey is most known to audiences from her time on television, with“Saturday Night Live” and “30 Rock” as well as the comedic films she’s made over the years. Personally, I have not been a fan of Fey’s style of comedy, and her films up to this point have been unremarkable. However, this film is a bright spot in a lackluster career. Fey tackles a difficult subject and does very well in this role. While the film does have a lot serious moments, it does several have lighthearted scenes that make the audience smile and laugh.
“Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” provides audience with an interesting look into how the news is reported on and how the lives of the people reporting the news are impacted by it. Go see this film. This film is rated R for pervasive language, some sexual content, drug use and violent war images and runs 112 minutes.
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