Touching and funny - one of my favourite movies of all time.
When reporter Kim Barker’s life needs something more, she decides to 'shake it all up’ by taking an assignment in a war zone. There, in the midst of chaos, she finds the strength she never knew she had. Sometimes it takes saying ‘WTF’ to find the life you were always destined to have.
This movie was equally powerful as it was funny. Tina Fey, while often funny is not usually a serious actress, but this movie is proof that she has seriously ability as an actress. The writing was superb, it was honest, funny, touching and scary - this was one of the best war movies I’ve ever seen, in my opinion it was better than The Hurt Locker.
It was directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa who brilliantly capture the atmosphere of a war zone and show how one can become addicted to the thrill. Robert Carlock has written an equally touching script and the strong music by Nick Urata is an additional bonus.
The performances of Tina Fey, Margot Robbie, Martin Freeman and Billy Bob Thornton were all spectacular and I hope this film is recognised come awards season. Martin Freeman especially demonstrates how versatile he is as an actor. At times, especially during the beginning of the film the dialogue was a little hard to hear, which is why it loses that 1/2 star. Other than that this was a perfect movie.
Overall I don’t think this will do well at the box office, but it is truly superb - one of the best movies I’ve ever seen.
Review by Benjamin Maio Mackay
Screening courtesy of Paramount Pictures