Tropic Thunder Reviews
Tropic Thunder is easily the most I have laughed at a film all year, maybe in a few years. From the first minute where they set up the characters by simply showing fake trailers for their past movies, I was already laughing out loud. Things just got better from there. Easily my favorite part of the film is Robert Downey, Jr. as the most extreme method actor of all time. There was so much comedy gold in that one role, and he was surrounded by a bunch of other great character actors as well. Ben Stiller might actually be the weakest of all the main cast, but I still enjoyed what he did here. So I?m having a great time with all this insane humor that is happening in the jungle, and then they cut back to Hollywood to see Matthew McConaughey and Tom Cruise who might be even funnier! That?s when I thought Tropic Thunder might just be the perfect comedy for me right now.
The story is some strange mix of Three Amigos and Platoon, and that was a brilliant idea. In fact, the strong premise is a big part of why the comedy works. The reality is a bit heightened, but there is a logic to the way things happen. It?s a wonderful script that would work without the jokes, which is the kind of foundation you need in order to build any good film. I could see where things were headed at the end because they made logical choices when creating the plot, but then they used some of the jokes to put a twist on what I expected, which made it even better. I was so impressed with how I went from my reluctance to see this movie all the way to wanting to own it as soon as possible. I highly recommend people give Tropic Thunder a chance if you haven?t seen it already.