When I saw the trailer for this film, it immediately brought to mind last year's "Our Brand is Crisis", which was actually a surprising treat which I hope to re-watch again soon. I really like Tina Fey, however I truly dislike Amy Poehler, and sadly, they are too often found together. This being a Fey solo outing, however, I was extremely excited.
I think that a lot of the disappointment surrounding this film is that it was marketed differently than the film actually was. I knew going in that the film was going to be more of a dramedy, however the trailer showed it as a somewhat straight comedy. So I was not at all surprised by the heavier material in the film, however I assume that some people were. The film had a good balance of comedy, drama, and action, keeping you constantly entertained in the film. That being said, the film was also rather predictable. Every time that something went wrong, it was ridiculously predictable that something was going to happen. The technical aspects of the film were pretty well-done, especially the cinematography during the action scenes.
The acting in this film was very good. Fey did a good job making her character likable and someone that is relatable. Martin Freeman and Margot Robbie stole the scenes in which they were in, delivering some hilarious moments, probably some of the best in the film. Billy Bob Thornton and Alfred Molina both did great in their roles, but accented Fey well as opposed to scene-stealing.
So overall, "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" is an ultimately satisfying film, but it never fully lives up to its name. It's definitely worth seeing, but there is nothing about which you really need to rush out to see this film.
Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
Big Tuna's Rating: B+
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Probably.
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