Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016)
One of the biggest human tragedies of the last decade was what followed the war on terror in Afghanistan (following the 2001 twin tower attacks) by the USA and its allies. There have been numerous books and films telling the stories that happened there and in Iraq – the lies (Uncovered & In the Loop) – the people’s sufferings – struggles of the armed forces (The Hurt Locker) – achievements of intelligence agencies (Zero Dark Thirty).
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot (2016) starring Tina Fey, is unlike any of the previously mentioned films. It is a comedy and romantic tale of a journalist Kim Baker, who is stationed in Kabul to cover the war. In a way, it reminded me of 13 Hours (2016) which was about six security contractors who are tasked with protecting the American embassy in Benghazi (Libya). The film didn’t get judgemental or documentary even during the scenes when Kim Baker goes with the marines on a combat mission (as an embed). I liked the way it shows how after a period of time living in Afghanistan, even responsible journalists become immune to suffering and lies around them, what it calls seeing it as normal when it was not.
Tina Fey, who I like from her earlier works – 30 Rocks and Bossy Pants, single-handedly carries the movie. She is aptly supported by Martin Freeman and Margot Robbie.