Whiskey Tango Foxtrot Made Me Feel Funny
If you're with me on the love for Tina Fey, you probably skipped the Zootopia line over the weekend and saw Whiskey Tango Foxtrot instead. If anyone can make a war zone funny it's Tina Fey. But do we want to? Here's the thing.
This movie had all the great Tina Fey touches - dancing at drinking parties, elbow-in-the-rib nudges about aging, and at least one running joke revisited over and over - in this case the idea that you can be a smokin' hot 10 in Afghanistan, but you get back to New York and you're just a solid 4. Some of it made me LOL, but mostly it just made me miss Amy Poehler.
Billy Bob Thornton plays a General, and there was an underlying quirky chemistry between Billy Bob and Tina Fey that was waiting to be let loose, but never really got going. Probably because it was a war zone! There's only so much you can do with that to make it entertaining and playful.
And I felt funny enjoying the movie too much. People died, Afghan women were oppressed, and I wasn't sure how actual war veterans would feel about how the troops were portrayed. But it was Tina Fey (as a war zone reporter), and I had to see it. The few gem lines made it worth the trip, and it was a good way to keep myself from shopping on a Saturday afternoon.
Oh, and the title itself is code. Look at the first letter of each word. Whiskey.Tango. Foxtrot. Hmm. If that shows up in a text this week it's okay to assume he's not talking about a shot of Jack Daniels and ballroom dancing.
Carmike Cinema in Lufkin has it now if you want to check it out.