Tropic Thunder Movie Review

August 13, 2008 By:
Tropic Thunder Movie Review

"Tropic Thunder" continued to blatantly prove the genius of one of my top five favorite
actors, Robert Downey Jr. and his ability to portray any character he
sets his mind to. Yet another stellar performance by Downey Jr. is only
a miniscule accomplishment and factor in this already hyped
action-war-blockbuster-parody which places Ben Stiller in the directors
chair for the first time since "Zoolander" in 2001. With Stiller and
Downey Jr. running the helm of this explosion filled war epic, the
others involved do not fail to impress. Jack Black is his usual
hilarious self. Also, with Jay Baruchel and Brandon T. Jackson holding
their own alongside these Hollywood heavyweights, "Tropic Thunder"
rewards the moviegoer with everything that is expected of it.

As one of the biggest, most-expensive war films ever being produced
runs into some financial trouble, it's cast of pampered celebrity
superstars are taken to the jungles of Southest Asia and left stranded
in hopes of giving the film its much needed gritty and real feel. On
location, these actors begin to follow the script and remain in
character, attempting to complete the motion picture. But what action
superstar Tugg Speedman (Ben Stiller), Oscar-winner Kirk Lazarus
(Robert Downey Jr.) and funnyman comic Jeff 'Fart' Portnoy (Jack Black)
are not aware of yet is that the action blockbuster they believe they
are shooting is no longer a movie at all. As reality bites, these three
icons along with two other actors, must become real soldiers and fend
for themselves in order to survive an ambush from a local drug group of
vigilantes that inhabit the jungle. As some of the actors realize the
reality of the situation early on, others refuse to take into account
the severity of the situation and continue to not break character in
hopes of completing the film.

I laughed, I laughed, and I laughed some more! With is ludicrous
"Saving Private Ryan-Platoon-Apocolypse Now-Glory-esque" undertone,
"Tropic Thunder" eplodes with its on-point portrayal of war epics,
while continuing to include humor and beautifully depicting the
difficulties of creating the perfect parody. The cameo's from some of
Hollywoods biggest celebrities (which I will not mention here) are
non-stop, allowing "Tropic Thunder" to be even that much more
enjoyable. From the films opening scene, the laughs commence. Never
letting down, the humor, the action, and most importantly the acting is
near impeccable throughout. I will definitely see this film again! I
"AM" going to see this film again! And, as soon as it comes out on DVD,
I am going to purchase this film in hopes of enjoying it over and over
again.

Pat the Movie Critic gives "Tropic Thunder" ---- 4 Scoops.