Tropic Thunder - Worth the hype? Best Comedy film for 2008
A group of self-absorbed actors set out to make the most expensive war film. But after ballooning costs force the studio to cancel the movie, the frustrated director refuses to stop shooting, leading his cast into the jungles of Southeast Asia, where they encounter real bad guys.
|Running Time:||1 hr. 47 min.|
|Release Date:||August 13th, 2008 (wide)|
|U.S. Box Office:||$110,268,794|
Opposites do attract more than in Ben Stiller's unapologetic R-rated comedy Tropic Thunder - they are strong and defiantly collide. Simultaneously smart and dumb, mixing clever satire on the way over-the-top raunch and nonstop profanity, the equal opportunity offender risk running off some of the real people who appreciate it the most.
In his first turn in the starring, directing and co-writing since 2001's memorable Zoolander, Stiller is taken as his target all things Hollywood, including the treason of producers and agents, and self - participation of Actors say things like "I don 't read the script; the reading of the script to me."
But because the world of contemporary show business, from the bloodletting of the slasher franchises to Britney Spears without underwear, often so excessive, parody necessitates more excessive, leading to this case to a severed head and blood that spurts like Old Faithful as well as language and situations that give new meaning and dimension to the notion of going too far.
Not only is Tropic Thunder guaranteed to offend, it already has. One of the mock movie this reference, Simple Jack, and the story of a developmentally challenged young people to speak to animals, uses Tagline "If a time ... There was a retard." This is so upset advocacy group of news reports say the union is planning to call for a nationwide strike to boycott "the movie of open ridicule of the intellectually disabled."
But it would be regrettable if Tropic Thunder's undeniable excesses, including the availability of an actor indulge in the 21st century version of blackface, blinded viewers to the fact that, like it or not, there is genuine humor and artistic feelings satire goal under the unnerving waves of bad taste and political incorrectness.
Not only from the script (written by the team of Stiller and Justin Theroux and Etan Cohen), but from the movie promises and very funny Actors, that the characters are presented in a particularly clever way.
Since Tropic Thunder is the story of a group of thespians to unite a star in the Vietnam War action film, Stiller chooses to introduce them with Mock trailer from their last film, or, in cases of hip-hop star turned actor harp Chino (Brandon T. Jackson humorous), with a garish theatrical ad for his hot new energy drink, sweat booty.
Then comes Tugg Speedman harp, played by Stiller. When the world top action star, Speedman's Rambo-type action epics hit a wall in scorcher VI: Global meltdown, and an attempt on the aforementioned sensitivity Simple Jack is not very good either.
Jeff Portnoy (Jack Black) is also looking for a change of pace after the play, Eddie Murphy-style, all members of a whole brood of gas-obsessed behemoths ( "America's favorite family obese") to The Fatties and the next can 't be mentioned in a family newspaper. At least not yet.
Then there are five-time Oscar winner church Lazarus (Robert Downey Jr.), an Australian actor, so getting to the characters he insisted on a "color change" operation to play the African American soldier Lincoln Osiris. A trailer for Lazarus' last film, the controversial Satan alley, we see him back in history "a time when the variety is damned" and play a monk passionately attracted to someone disciples heard in by Tobey Maguire.
As the trailer remind us, Stiller has a gift for a take-no-prisoners sketch humor that goes all the way back to his short-lived, Emmy-winning TV series "The Ben Stiller Show." Though it has a certain framework, Tropic Thunder is best approached as a series of skits stretched to feature length, a movie so easier for those appreciate its parts clever than any kind of coherent whole.
The four Actors, including young newcomer Kevin Sandusky (Jay Baruchel), may be lost on location in Vietnam to film the patriotism of memoirs John "Four leaf" Tayback, a gnarled veteran with prosthetic hands and a brooding presence ( who else but Nick Nolte).
When the director Damien Cockburn (Steve Coogan) starts to lose control of his high-powered Actors, it's four leaf that suggests getting them into woodland and shot the entire movie guerrilla-style until, in director of the memorable words, "you'll be begging for a body bag if it means a ride home."
Lurking in the jungle, unfortunately, is a Vietnamese heroin-producing plant run desolation flaming Dragon organization, and the fact end up changing for all cast and his Hollywood support team. With Speedman's agent, Rick "the penis" peck (Matthew McConaughey), and certifiably insane producer Lee Grossman (not a full and undeniably wild and crazy Tom Cruise.)
Actors such as stranded in forest, patrons of Tropic Thunder must ready for whatever is thrown at them by a film with a feeling that the Three Stooges look like Faith, Hope and Charity. With a memorable conversation between a downcast Tugg Speedman and begging church, determined to stay in the African American character, and perpetuate the ghetto his mannerisms until after the DVD commentary is recorded, about the Pitfalls of an actor going "full impede" in search of an Oscar nomination.
It would be easier all around, obviously, if we lived in a culture where the potential opensiba and the undeniably comedic is not linked to close them, but contemporary moviegoers no longer selected. You pays your money and you takes your chance. It is as simple and as complicated as that.