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Tropic Thunder

 

 
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If there is any movie to separate the people who take themselves too seriously from the people who “get it” then Tropic Thunder is it. Without boring you with the details as to why this movie was a good parody/comedy, how about I take the easy route and break down step by step the items […]

Posted August 28, 2008 by

 
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tropic_thunderIf there is any movie to separate the people who take themselves too seriously from the people who “get it” then Tropic Thunder is it. Without boring you with the details as to why this movie was a good parody/comedy, how about I take the easy route and break down step by step the items that boosted and hurt this film.

Good – Robert Downey Jr. in black face. About 10-20 years ago they would probably not have gone with this due to the well… f-cked up nature of putting anyone in makeup to mock, copy another race (insert gross examples of comics dressed as Asians, blacks and wait that movie White Chicks!). This time however it was accepted, not actually accepted but I laughed at it and every black person I know laughed at it too. The character had depth and was done well regardless of what it “seemed to be” – big difference in the dynamic of racist black face and Tropic Thunder black face. Anyway this topic bores me, so ya the black face was a huge draw for the film, half the people went to get pissed at Downey and left laughing. Go figure.

Bad – Too much Stiller not enough Jack Black. Let’s be honest here, just like the ongoing act of comic Will Farrell, we are all a tad tired of Stiller in the same sense. We’ve seen it before, we want something fresh and it’s not gonna happen. So why play that up and give a smaller light to a spontaneous mess of craziness that is Jack Black. I felt as if they could have left him out and it would be the same, I was tired of Stiller after 5 minutes of the movie. It makes me laugh thinking that his character’s struggle with his career reflects the very guy playing it… some of you will disagree but it’s my review and I think Black > Stiller. Very bad move indeed.

Good – The War movie parody… and I am the biggest war movie fan, if you saw my collection you would accuse me of wanting to be a soldier. Still a parody is a parody and the movie dynamic of war films… ie: Mel Gibson’s We Were Soldiers where the one Colonel stands up with a pistol shooting at the Vietnamese while they sprayed the jungle with heavy fire… ya… right… that happens. Still an awesome movie though… yay Mel.

Bad – The plot. I felt that the only thing of worth with those boys being in the jungle was the back and forth between Robert Downey and Brandon T. Jackson. There is also a very powerful monologue by Downey to Ben Stiller about the dynamic of actors playing mentally handicapped people in film but lets be serious if it was all about Downey I’d give the movie 8-10 stars. Let’s get back to the film in general, it was all over the place. At the end you will not care or remember the reason any of what you have watched even occured. You will just enjoy Tom Cruise… like I did…

Good – Tom Cruise. Ya you hate him, ya you knock his religion and ya you think that he is weird as hell and you are so normal. What the f-ck ever, this guy owned in this movie and besides Robert Downey Jr. he was one of the funniest elements with that nasty dance of his. We want more nasty dancing Cruise! I have to give props to his PR person for his doing this role, I had forgotten about the guy for awhile even with the movies he was making but this brings him back. Judge him all you want, he made me laugh my a– off.

So in a nutshell that’s it, more good than bad but it’s still a bad movie. If you don’t find laughing at yourself funny then stay far away from it. This is a movie for people with a sense of humor and can take offensive material lightly, I almost think they made it to piss off the uptight fake crowd. Well maybe I’m thinking too deeply into it, but alot was revealed when I got feedback and the people I knew would hate it did not disappoint me.

[rating=6]


Greg Dragon

 
Cinephile and opinion writer, Greg Dragon has been a fan of movies since the 80's when Kung Fu theater was all the rage and Roger Moore was James Bond. Greg is the founder and lead critic of Spicy Movie Dogs. You can follow him on Twitter @Rafacus or on his Google+ account.