All the casting and acting works great in Tropic Thunder. Robert Downey Jr. is seriously my main squeeze of the big screen now. The man has gone from drug problems and prison to en epic comeback, and he's seriously having a great year. He plays the most realistic over the top Australian actor who imitates the actions of how a dumb white actor would portray a big screen black person (was that even English?) possible. All his head clashing with both Ben Stiller's character, as well as Brandon T. Jackson's ACTUAL black character are hilarious. Jack Black doesn't nearly get enough screen time as much as Stiller and Downey Jr. do, but he still plays his part well and does a good job making fun of Hollywood comedians who have way more problems than any normal person should have. Ben Stiller is
well, Ben Stiller. Just take a part from any of his recent movies " The Heartbreak Kid, Night at the Museum, Meet the Fockers, it's all the same really. I'm not saying he isn't funny in the movie, his character doesn't necessarily stand out the way Black, Brandon and Downey Jr. do.
I WILL however, give Stiller some credit on his directing. Yep, Ben Stiller directed Tropic Thunder.
That statement may not sit well with too many people; Stiller is one of those actors in Hollywood that people really like or find completely unfunny and overdone. The last big movie he took a shot at directing was one of my favorite bad movies to watch, Zoolander (and before that is The Cable Guy, which I feel doesn't really need to be discussed at all). However, I have to say that the man did good. Stiller directed a solid cast, worked in tons of funny moments, made it pretty as hell, and did one thing, very, VERY well in particular
The cameos. Now normally I don't get overly excited about cameos at all
they never really add anything to movies other than just a familiar face and a badly delivered line. Tropic Thunder is different. In fact, one of them was so unexpected and so funny, it deserves its own paragraph. Seriously, this was a big surprise that the makers of the movie apparently went through great lengths to hide from the public for obvious reasons. If you don't want to hear about it and see for yourself, do not hightlight the blank area.
-Ok so earlier I mentioned that there was a richer than God producer who didn't care about anything but money, right? Right. When that character first came on the screen, I had to do a little bit of a double take. The character playing the uber producer, Les Grossman, is none other than Tom Cruise. Let's get something straight right here " I hate Tom Cruise. Everyone does, it's really not a secret at all. I used to have a lot of respect for his acting back in the good old days before he turned into a public lunatic. It's one thing to be a scientologist when the creator openly admitted the whole religion is a bunch of BS, but to be such a public d-bag about it really rocketed Cruise into the gutter. That's why it pains me to say this
I laughed. Hard. So did everyone else. Why? Because he was hilarious. It's a small part at best, but it's literally the best acting (or appearance, or anything) I've seen from Cruise in years. In fact, it was so funny that for the remainder of the movie I was able to completely forget the fact that I hate him so much-
Anyway, the actor who plays 'Les Grossman' the angry, money hungry producer does an excellent job portraying a Hollywood shark in a (fat)suit. There are tons of other cameos that are there specifically for certain parts of the script, especially one at the end of the movie in the award-ceremony scene, that are just excellent and gave me a good laugh.
The Bottom Line: Are you 'iffy' on Seth Rogen/Judd Apatow's style of comedy movies? Give this a try. I wasn't sure how it would turn out, but I can say that I laughed pretty damn hard, and would definitely consider seeing it again. I should give this movie more credit than just an alternative to Pineapple Express
it is without question a funny movie. See it and laugh.
Grade: Tropic Thunder has a good script, excellent acting from a great cast, and very clever directing from Stiller. The opening of the movie showing the 'fake' previews for movies starring the 'actors' in Tropic Thunder were specifically a great touch, and I highly approved of the level of comedy. Drawbacks? Wanted a bit more of Jack Black's character, and Ben Stiller's acting is less than special to be sure. There may be times when it drags a little, but it doesn't happen for too long. Moments like Downey Jr. telling Stiller that actors should never go 'full retard' in roles where they play mentally disabled characters do a great job promoting the theme of the movie the idiocy and insanity of Hollywood. Tropic Thunder gets a solid B.
In the immediate future I'll be seeing The Rocker with Rainn Wilson who I hope you know from The Office as Dwight Schrute, with more mvoies on the way for sure. As always, send anything to CHmoviereview@gmail.com