Saturday, March 12, 2016

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot: Monday, March 7 2016

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is based on the memoir, The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan by Kim Barker. Produced by Ian Bruce, Tina Fey and Lorne Michaels, the film stars Tina Fey as Kim Baker.

I and my friends enjoyed this film as pure entertainment. The producers have created a film that conjures up Afghanistan and gives an idea of the environment in which the military forces operated. The characters were well-drawn: and liking and admiring Tina Fey as I do, I could even identify with her character. I found the modern love affair interesting. Men and women are struggling to develop a new relationship with each other, and this was portrayed in the film. It also showed how difficult this is to do. I could see the war zone as representing the modern western world.

There were one or two cameos that conveyed subtle messages. For instance, the criticism of the way the American women journalists were dressed came from Afghanistan women. When Kim Baker tries to photograph an Afghanistan males happening, she is more than firmly repelled by Afghanistan males. She may be accepted in the United States as a journalist, the same any man; this is not so in Afghanistan. It seemed to me that this was a rejection of what to so many Afghanistan people must be seen as an extremely foreign culture.

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot are letters in the NATO phonetic alphabet. They spell WTF, short for "what the fuck". This film is advertized as a comedy, after all. I would say it also represented the attitude of many people who have been involved in the wars in the Middle East and Afghanistan.

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