There was truly no better way to start this movie then how was done: the playing of Alpa Chino's rap music, consumerism selling commercial and trailers for our three leads' previous films. Stiller has always been great at playing over the top asses, and that's what his character here is. At first it appears to be a straight-up spoof on popular war films, then it becomes a film within a film, then an attack on Hollywood and the film industry in general. Tugg can't make himself cry, he's just not that good , and Kirk's blubbering and drooling is just so real that the two must partake in a pissing match while effects guru Cody, the red hot of late Danny McBride , let's loose the one-take only scorched earth fire storm. The thugs kidnap Tugg Speedman, an actor whose star seems on the decline, and it's up to the rest of the ragtag team to band together long enough to attempt his rescue. Sure the characters are funny and the events on display hilarious, but by the look and feel of the aesthetic, this is a war film to the end.
Despite my somewhat indifference, bordering on dislike, of Ben Stiller and most of what he does, Tropic Thunder has been on my much-anticipated list for some time now. Five time Oscar winner Kirk Lazarus is a serious method actor, who immerses himself in whatever the role. But, so, so true, and so brilliant. Downey is absolutely hilarious, yet believable as this actor who believes acting is larger than life, and provides for the best satire of all. The thugs kidnap Tugg Speedman, an actor whose star seems on the decline, and it's up to the rest of the ragtag team to band together long enough to attempt his rescue. Jackson's Alpa never get old. For his role, Caucasian Australian Lazarus even went through a controversial surgical skin dying procedure so that he could convincingly play a black man.
It's early in the shooting, but they're already behind schedule and over budget. To take on subject matter as lofty as a send-up to war films, mainly Apocalypse Now, needs a certain amount to bravery and confidence to not care if it all backfires. Duration: 107 Minutes Size: 1. What better way to be introduced to our action star, our funnyman, and our award winning thespian? He continues to rotate on their own guerilla style with hidden cameras in the jungle. Production is not going well since rookie director Damien Cockburn is unable to control the prima-donna attitude of his three stars. Tom Cruise gives the extended cameo of the year as a studio executive, while Tobey Maguire and a slew of other actors make notable appearances. Dustin Hoffman and Peter Sellers are not spared.
I doubt I stopped laughing for more than a minute or two. Find Films by Director : Jeff Kahn, Robert Downey Jr. After the change to serious trade is catastrophic fails, Speedman will able to return to old successes. Meanwhile, the movie's megalomaniacal profanity spewing producer Les Grossman and Speedman's faithful agent Rick Peck argue about what to do about Speedman's situation. Something about movies within movies intrigue the heck out of me, and this one having actors within actors just played up my interest more.
The parodies of their personalities, their films, and their business tactics are downright cruel. The scene isn't making fun of mentally challenged people, rather the actors that have won Oscars for playing them. Cockburn and Tayback decide that the five primary actors - Speedman, Portnoy, Lazarus, rapper Alpa Chino, and newcomer Kevin Sandusky - need to work together as a unit as did their real life characters. And Tayback inadvertently shows a little of his true self. There were plot points that irked me throughout, TiVo's cameo being the biggest culprit, but I found myself pushing the problems aside and just enjoying the ride.
The scene continues without a hitch, explosions everywhere, screams heard in the distance, and a heartfelt death about to be delivered, until the men show their true colors. Stupid that they are caught in the crossfire of a drug war and held for a real American Special Forces. Obviously, what's going to get the most laughs is our cast, which is one of the best comedy casts assembled, in my opinion. But will Tugg want to leave? What none of the seven of them know is that they have been dropped into a real life drug war led by the Flaming Dragons. There's some blood and graphic violence, but nothing too bad.
True, I was expecting more in the way of story and plot, especially with all that background info manufactured, but when you get down to it, the entertainment value is off the charts, the one-liners are going to be quoted for years to come, and the laughs come often and hard. For myself, I have always loved Downey Jr. Directly connecting with the subsequent shot, a live scene from the film at hand, the egos finally come out and show face. As a black man, I did not find Robert Downey Jr. Lightening struck again or I suppose first, if you want to follow his career chronologically midyear with his smart portrayal as an overprotective principal in Charlie Bartlet, so it only seems suitable for him to cap off the summer with his best work yet. Danny McBride three out of the last four movies I've watched have had this guy in it of Pineapple Express is just as great here in another hilarious role tailor made for him.
Since debut director Damien Cockburn decides Steve Coogan for a radical measure. He'll have you on the floor laughing by the end of the movie. Luckily that wasn't necessary because it's Stiller's best effort as a director to date as well as one of the best comedies of the year. I just got out of a midnight showing and I was absolutely blown away. The five are placed in the middle of the jungle, and with only a map and their prop machine guns in hand, are asked to work together to battle through the stunt pyrotechnics in their way. But the producers got cold feet and want to stop the project. Tropic Thunder 2008 Tropic Thunder: A film crew is in Southeast Asia filming a Vietnam-war memoir.
And then there is the cast of stars with cameo after cameo of surprise faces joining in on the fun, not to mention the intense marketing strategy pushing it along. One of Tropic Thunder's cameos, one of the most famous and serious actors in the world, nearly steals the movie, and is funnier than the last time he did a role like this Austin Powers 3. The audacity of what he was attempting, spoofing the industry that was giving him the money to do so, blatantly and lovingly, was too great to ignore. Our supporting performers are just as strong, if not stronger than our big three leads definitely stronger than Jack Black , and we are treated to some of the funniest cameos of all time. The whole dynamic of real black man versus fake was unceasingly funny.
On Tayback's advice, Cockburn drops the actors into the middle of the jungle to film the remaining scenes. The thugs kidnap Tugg Speedman, an actor whose star seems on the decline, and it's up to the rest of the ragtag team to band together long enough to attempt his rescue. On the day an accident befalls the novice director, the cast and crew are attacked by a gang of poppy-growing local drug dealers, except the cast and crew don't realize these aren't actors who are stalking them. Only Russel Crowe, Robin Williams, and Harvey Weinstein should take offense. Here, he more than succeeds in making Hollywood the laughingstock of the summer, and who better than Stiller to do so, someone who has been around the business his entire life. Other cameos including a Judd Apatow boy and a former People's Sexiest Man Alive are entertaining, but they have nothing on the big guy.