​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT (2016)

THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

#144 is the 2016 Tina Fey comedic drama Whiskey Tango Foxtrot. I'm always interested in seeing people playing against type, but this actually is pretty much a Tina Fey role. She is Kim Baker, a news editor who abruptly decides to volunteer to be an on-camera reporter-correspondent in Afghanistan in 2003 when the networks are scrambling to get coverage over there after Iraq. And things are not exactly peaches and cream there, plus the fact that she has to win the respect of... her fellow colleagues. Once we are able to get over her Tina Fey-ness, she's surprisingly good at conveying the frustrations of the insanity of war and the fact that she is becoming addicted to the adrenaline of the craziness and getting stories. Until the stories stop getting airplay because viewers are bored with Afghanistan and have moved on. WTF bogs down a bit in the middle and suffers from not going far enough either direction. The comedy isn't really that funny and the horror of war is just a bit too tame here (except for one quick scene) to allow us to feel much of what she is feeling. The supporting case is excellent (Margo Ronnie, Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thornton and Alfred Molina, among others) and it's worth a look to see Fey take some big chances and pull them off.

TLA one-word review: gripping