Watching the trailer, I was bemused by the idea of Robert Downey Jr. pretending to play an actor, so insanely obsessed with his method acting, that he undergoes a skin pigmentation process to play a black man. I just knew Tropic Thunder was gonna be a good show.

The latest Ben Stiller flick that is also directed by the Meet The Parents star, also drafts in Jack Black, Danny McBride (who was awesome in Pineapple Express), Nick Nolte, Matthew McConaughey, Steve Coogan, Jay Baruchel, Brandon T. Jackson and Tom fucking Cruise.

You’d be forgiven for thinking that Downey Jr. would draw the biggest laughs, using the race thing to his advantage somehow but he isn’t. He’s still funny but its the man who will save the world according to scientologists, Mr. Tom Cruise, that steals the show. Say what you want about the guy but I thought his performance was the best of the bunch as well as his own personal best. I have one mate still trying to dance like him right now, which isn’t something that I’d like to see ever again but its testament to the quality that Cruise is capable of in a comedic role. One that sorta pokes fun at himself.

And that, I guess, is the whole draw about Tropic Thunder. Its not going to be a good movie, but as I said earlier, its a good show. Its a simple and entirely entertaining 107 minutes that is one big jibe at actors and acting as a profession. Sure, it lacked a certain punch, a certain soul to it all and could have played up the war movie thing more but it was enjoyable, which is what you want out of a movie sometimes.

Me, I wanna be shredded like a julienne salad.

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