WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT REVIEWED

“Whiskey Tango Foxtrot” is a stunning film about the consequences of mercenary embedded journalism in the modern era. I didn’t think Tina Fey had it in her, but she delivers a semi-serious look at being a journalist in the position that no one wants. Watching her balance between her costars, while embracing the danger of the role is quite stunning. Plus, it’s a smart and funny film made for adults in an era where ever comedy aims dumber and dumber. We need more films like this, people.

Revisiting the film on Blu-Ray has only made me love it more. Glenn Ficarra & John Requa are quickly becoming one of my favorite directing teams. Their ability to get actors to blend and bounce off each other is rarely seen now. Tina Fey is the lead, but is she any less important than Robbie, Thornton or Freeman? It’s not an easy answer for most, but I enjoy having to think about it.

What sells the film for me is that Fey plays the role as less Private Benjamin and as more of a coverage addict. While I’m not that familiar with the real Kim Barker, I get what Fey is playing up. It’s easy to become addicted to the need to be in danger and always be the first with the story. Honestly, it’s rare to see that part of embedded journalism get tackled in the modern age. Well, outside of non-fiction books.

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • Deleted & Extended Scenes
  • Featurettes

A/V STATS

  • 1.78:1 standard definition transfer
  • DTS: X, DTS-HD 7.1 master audio track

RELEASE DATE: 6/28/16

  • 95%
    Video - 95%
  • 98%
    Audio - 98%
  • 91%
    Supplemental Material - 91%
95%

The Plot Thus Far

A journalist recounts her wartime coverage in Afghanistan.

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