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.