If you think that Tina Fey is a great writer and has the ability to identify with both genders while perfectly connecting with women of her professional sensibility then you should probably see Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, even though she had nothing to do with writing it.

Based on a true story, adapted from the book The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Kim Barker, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot solidifies the notion that Fey has the chops to be a strong lead character with the ability to carry a film.

Fey plays Barker, a conventional news writer who becomes a foreign war correspondent in the hopes of finding some sort of meaning in her life and in the search finds something in herself she hadn’t realized was there.

This is not some Wizard of Oz, you-always-had-it-in-your-heart kind of thing. More of a self-realization in the wake of something so horrible and the narrative it creates about how we, as people can let ourselves get too used to things that are very abnormal. We get so deep within it, to the point where we lose ourselves, and we just forget to see how things really are. We forget how to see the forest through the trees because the trees are what keeps us safe. The film seems right on point with the political climate happening here in the USA. If we don’t keep our eyes open to what’s going on around us and we just go along with the status quo without asking questions or challenging those who are in power we become the thing we fear becoming.

The film does an excellent job illustrating what it is like to adapt to something so frightening and intense but at the same time discovering the confidence within to move forward while trying to make some sort of difference in the world or with one’s life.

At times, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot opens a door into the life of women in the Middle East and makes some powerful statements about the state of women’s rights or lack thereof with subtlety and class and Fey’s delivery of the subject denotes true feminist sincerity.

Strong performances all around, especially from Martin Freeman (Ian MacKelpie) and Christopher Abbott (Fahim Ahmadzai) with the latter really pulling those heart strings but not in a cliched chick flick kind of way which this movie is very much not.

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Alex Savage
Alex Savage
Alex Savage is a freelance photojournalist who has worked independently for online publications. An active senior member of National Rock Review, based in Detroit and a self proclaimed cinephile, Alex loves writing about music, movies and popular culture. Currently living in Indiana, she loves to embark on a good road trip or travel abroad in search of something new and exhilarating to photograph or write about.