20.Whiskey Tango Foxtrot
Watched on August 21, 2016
The primary reason John Oliver's "Last Week Tonight" is so successful is because his team does wonderful video production and it translates perfectly to YouTube and social media. The second reason they're successful however is because they have discovered a way to give us news, of terrible, tragic or alarming events and issues, while making us laugh the entire time. They don't trivialize or sugarcoat the facts they're imparting, we're all smarter when we finish watching them. And yet we're also left positively uplifted and entertained. Motivated to make change perhaps, but not angry or depressed.
Tina Fey and the team behind Whiskey Tango Foxtrot were able to take the War on Terror (or at least a certain sliver of it) and do much the same thing.
This real-life tale is harrowing and heartwarming and heartbreaking, all in equal measure. But it's also laugh out loud funny. That is supposedly true about the book from the real life Kim Baker that this film is based on as well. It's absolutely on my list, and if you're reader, feel free to add it to yours as well. https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/whiskey-tango-foxtrot-taliban/id1076152807?mt=11&uo=4&at=1000lqR
An amazing cast makes this one of the rare instances where I don't mind at all finding the movie before the book, and if you're not an avid reader may be a case where you're not missing much at all by sticking with just the film.
This movie gave me a glimpse into the lives and issues facing those in and around the war in Afghanistan, while entertaining me too. I really couldn't have asked more from a two hour film.