by ALEX PEREZ//Staff Writer
Looking for a way out of her boring life as a script writer in New York, Kim Baker finds herself in the middle of a war zone in Kabul, Afghanistan, fighting for the chance to make her life exciting and meaningful.
“Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” dances around the sharp corners of war with satire and successfully weaves in the dramatic life of Kim Baker. Baker, played by Tina Fey, ventures out from her very modern, comfortable lifestyle and her boyfriend in New York City, to the war zone in Kabul, Afghanistan. She decides to invigorate her dry life by taking on a new assignment as a war reporter.
She soon meets Tanya Vanderpoel, played by the beautiful Margot Robbie, and gets sucked into the high of war reporting. They become best friends and endure the Iraqi war together.
On her first assignment, Baker gets thrown into real combat and is shown the reality of it all. After interviewing a soldier who describes the war as “forgotten” and being in a real shoot-out, she finds out the reality of the war, jump-starting her interest and passion to get the Afghanistan war to the public.
Baker also finds a friend in an Afghani man named Fahim, played by Christopher Abbott, who becomes her cameraman and guide through the Afghanistan customs. Fahim and Baker venture through the dangerous reality as Kim continues to get into more danger as her war high is getting stronger. He keeps her level in the surreal place they live in.
As Baker goes through trials throughout the movie, she must partake in the traditions of women in the Middle East and deal with the normality of war on a daily basis. She also gets confronted with the dilemma of having to deal with the reality of Kabul being her new home and not a job. Baker also starts a romance with a freelance photographer, which enhances the normality of the war and scares her. Ultimately, it makes her realize that her reality in Afghanistan is not normal.
The contrast between the comfortable lifestyle and the war-stricken world in Kabul create the theme of the movie. The audience goes through the change with Baker as she realizes her meaningless life of boredom and fights to change that to an exciting and adventurous life of a war reporter.
Baker gets addicted to the high of being in the action, which puts her life and her friends in danger at times.
Like in many reporter movies, Baker gets too involved in the job and does anything to get the story, which does make the movie a tad cliché. But overall, it was an exciting and great movie. The satirical edge to the action and romance makes “Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” a movie to watch for the weekend.
I give it 5 out of 5 stars.