Fast Five Review: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot


2016 | MA15+ | Biography, Comedy, Drama
Reviewed by Bre

A journalist recounts her wartime coverage in Afghanistan. 

1) Did you like it?

Yes, but I understand (most of) the criticisms.

2) Why?

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot wasn’t the laugh-out-loud comedy it was promoted to be. In fact I wouldn’t really call it a comedy at all. There was no real story either – stuff happened, but there was no underlying plot to follow which is maybe why a lot of people aren’t drawn in by it.

Luckily, the movie’s flaws don’t prevent it from being enjoyable. The events that happened, while disjointed, were entertaining. It was easy to care about the characters. It was eye-opening. And even though it’s hard to believe how naive Kim is, it’s easy to put yourself in her shoes and see the situation as she perceived it.

Despite what a lot of reviews say, I didn’t think this movie made fun of war or glorified it. There were definitely characters that did, but I didn’t feel that the film was pushing those views. The film itself was simply an invitation to understand how an ordinary woman coped with an extraordinary situation that she wasn’t prepared for.

3) “You would enjoy this movie if…”

You’ve ever wondered what it would be like to be a war reporter.

4) “This movie made me think about…”

The similarities between war and heroin (you’ll understand when you see the movie) and how ruthless journalism can be.

5) Overall rating?