ByJanna Dk MacDonald-Walsh, writer at
Both known and forgotten horror films of the 20th Century
Janna Dk MacDonald-Walsh

Never will War films be my prefered choice for a movie, but with this one I think I might make the exception. The film is about a woman named Kim Baker (Tina Fey), who is bored with doing low-profile story decides to take on a short war assignment in Afghanistan. Taking on the assignment proves to be a bit difficult at first while she lives in extremely low-budget conditions, and is unsure of how to settle into a war-torn country. With the help of some new friends Tanya (Margot Robbie), an Australian correspondent, and Ian (Martin Freeman), a freelance photographer, Kim begins to feel more comfortable with her situation. Months begins to turn into years, and Kim begins a new struggle to stay in the country because it has become her new normal. First thing that I love about the film is the play on the title, which is a more polite way of phrasing WTF. The film has many elements of drama and comedy mixed together so well, you forget in some ways about the horrible situation Kim is actually in. This was no doubt done on purpose by the filmmakers, because they wanted the audience to get into that same mindset of, "All of this is okay, because it's normal." The truth is that none of the things that happened within the film are okay, but in order to cope with what Kim is seeing and experiencing she (and the audience) rationalizes it. Even though much of the film is rationalized by humor, it isn't until close to the end when reality comes crashing down in an almost brutal manner. Tina Fey is truly a shining star in this film, as she carries us through very serious situations with the grace of humor that only handful actresses are able to pull off as flawlessly as she did. Robbie and Freeman are awesome as the supporting cast, as they too carry a certain amount of humor, but at the same time grasping to realize the full extent of the situation they are in. Awesome film, worth more than just a few laughs, and definitely worthy of its title.


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