Monday, August 18, 2008

tropic thunder, reviewed

It was pretty funny. Not hi-larious, but amusing at several points. I'm a big Robert Downey Jr. fan, because he's so over the top but not scary-crazy like Nicholas Cage. The opening fake trailers were the best parts of the film, as was the final action scene, in which a baby is tossed over the bridge. This is actually funny. In between though, mostly meh with occasional chuckles and wince-worthy sight gags. Tom Cruise was an inspired casting choice, as he was just playing a slightly exaggerated version of himself. See also, the "respect the cock" motivational speaker he played in Magnolia. There's a great cameo by Tobey Maguire at the beginning, and another one by Lance Bass at the end.

It was like Hot Shots + Zoolander + This Is Spinal Tap + Apocalypse Now, The Bloopers Reel. If you like the idea of spoofy movies, you'll probably like this one.