Tropic Thunder Reviews
Ben Stiller's sense of humor is on full display, this time enhancing the concept. I like him in roles like this; Starsky and Hutch, Dodgeball, and Zoolander also come to mind. His put-upon everyman, e.g. Meet The Parents and maybe Along Came Polly are getting stale. Surprisingly great are the characters created by Robert Downey Jr. and Tom Cruise. They're more unusual and memorable than I expected, and Nick Nolte is pretty good too. Cruise's ham-fisted tycoon is a real departure for him and uncanny, creepy realism. Others, like Jack Black and Danny McBride, just fill out the cast- but funny also.
I'll always remember, "What do you mean, you people?" and when Stiller goes "full retard." Never go full retard.
Its poor, not funny and just pointless, the film looks good location wise but that's it, the cast is impressive but who cares, Stiller isn't funny, Downey is shit in all his personalities, McConaughey is his usual slimey, embarrassingly bad self and Tom Cruise is just terrible...simply awful. Black is the only person with some decent funny bits but we're only talking SMALL bits.
The plot is a total rip of the much funnier and classic 'The Three Amigo's', 'TT' doesn't even compare to Martin, Chase and Short, 'Amigo's' was cheaper and tacky yet its leagues better than this. You never have any real idea where Stiller and co are in the world, who the guerilla's in the jungle are and why, why a child leads them and frankly you dont really care, the film is made in such a way that it comes across as a serious action flick but then remembers its a comedy and throws in some stupid gag or just resorts to mindless swearing hoping that will suffice.
The ending is crap and isn't explained (someone just pops up and saves the day) and basically it isn't funny...ever. Tom Cruise cannot do comedy, even in silly makeup...embarrassing ain't the word.