16 August 2008

Tropic Thunder - Movie Review

I wasn't sure what to expect going into this movie; it seemed like your average comedy, with a funny-man cast (Ben Stiller, Jack Black), as well as your average funny plot (bunch of movie stars filming a war movie in Vietnam, and somehow ending up in a real war situation).

I generally like Stiller, who rose to fame with his always-unfortunate, stomache-churningly funny characters in movies such as 'Something About Mary' and Meet the Parents'. Over the last few years, however, he's managed to star in more misses than hits, and I was worried whether this movie is going to show him in full glory, or just disappoint with another mediocre performance.

As the movie goes on, you start to realize that this is much more than your average comedy; the movie is a direct head-on attack at Hollywood, the movie industry, and the joke it's managed to become over the last decade or so. Thunder takes very witty shots at everything from over-paid, pampered actors, to needy agents, stupid movies, by-product advertising and much more, quite literally dissecting the entire industry and giving us a great laugh through it all.

The movie actually has a great cast, mostly playing unexpected roles, such as Robert Downey Jr as a black man (yup, you heard right, and a damn great performance at that), Tom Cruise as a fat, bald, arrogant movie mogul (in what is probably his most radical role ever), as well as a long list of other surprising cameos along the way.

Ben Stiller actually directed the movie, and has done an amazing job on this. There are quite a number of satirical, fast and/or crude jokes here that not everyone will get, but there's plenty of dumb laughs to keep everyone entertained in between. It's always great to catch a smart, hilarious movie, which is refreshing to watch in comparison to the rubbish that's been coming out over the past few months (years).

Great stuff, 9/10.

(7/10 if you're slow at catching all the inside jokes)


Woozie said...

At least it's not another Will Ferrel or Seth Rogen movie. They play the same damn character in all their movies!

Redbelt said...

I wanted to see that yesterday, but I was bullied by wifey into seeing a stupid Indian chick flick.
I actually felt my balls shrinking in that movie. Gotta do some man stuff today!

Yacoub Al-Slaise said...

caught the late preview at Saar (had problems sleeping and was bored off my mind) and loved it, I'm a big fan of Jack Black but his role wasn't that great but Tom Cruise was dynamite (some tongue and cheek Scientology jokes on the side too)!

Ria said...

now i'm looking forward to seeing this -- hehe thanks!

Semaj said...

Great review, I saw it Friday, but haven't got around to writing a review.

I guess Tom Cruise took some dancing lessons, because I remember he couldn't dance before, but in this movie he had some dance moves. I almost didn't recognize him!

I enjoyed the movie, certainly better than Pineapple Express.

Zhu said...

I loved the movie. It's much sharper and tongue in cheek that I would have expected.

Cloud said...

I guess I will watch it this weekend!

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