welcome to lobos reviews

title image

Movie Review: Tropic Thunder

Alternate Title: My the Farce be With You

Story: You do not have to 'get' this movie to have a few laughs. It is a spoof about the Hollywood big movie machine with all of the stereotypes that one would expect. However, anyone who is over the age of entry (it has an 'R' rating) can simply laugh at some of the silliness without being a frequent viewer of any of those Hollywood TV shows like Access Hollywood. Director Ben Stiller satirizes the megalomania of the studio moguls, the insecure, oversized ego of its stars, the lunacy of the directors, the wackiness of the special effects guys and the veracity of its writers. It was written by Ben Stiller & Justin Theroux and Etan Cohen and they skewer everyone in the system.

The plot involves a movie within a movie that goes haywire when the director decides to cut the actors loose in the jungle to fend for themselves while making a film about a 'true' adventure that happened in Vietnam in 1969. Hidden cameras are to follow their every move with the script outline to be followed by using flash cards. Needless to say, everything goes wrong and chaos and madness ensue. Is the film stupid? Absolutely. Is it funny? Occasionally. Would your 15 year old son, brother or cousin love this movie? Without a doubt. Should you see it? That depends on whether your predilections are similar to mine.

Check out the trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrqk-LLzW4g

Acting: Ben Stiller is, well, Ben Stiller. Robert Downey, Jr. is having quite a year and I will see almost anything that he appears in. Jack Black is, well, Jack Black. Jay Baruchel is kind of funny and sort of sweet. Nick Nolte is very funny as a cartoon of himself. Danny McBride as the explosive guy is funny. Brandon T Jackson is funny too, as Alpa Chino. Tom Cruise as the mogul, however, steals every scene he is in and if you do see the film, stay until the beginning of the credits.

Trivia: Robert Downey, Jr. lived with Sarah Jessica Parker for 7 years during the 1980s. Jay Baruchel went to the same Canadian High School as William Shatner and is of French and Italian Sephardic Jewish descent on his father's side and Irish, Prussian and English descent on his mother's. Jack Black had his gall bladder removed. Ben Stiller is a big Star Trek fan and a clip of an old episode appears in the film.

Predilection: I will see most anything that has Robert Downey Jr and/or Nick Nolte in it.

Critters: A bat, a Mantis, a water buffalo, a fake panda and some goats.

Sex Spectrum: This is bungle in the jungle - not bootie in the jungle.

Soundtrack: Loud and often funny

Opening Titles: A very funny opening sequence before the title.

Visual Art: Pyrotechnic visuals and funny details in all of the venues.

Theater Audience: A bunch of guys and me.

Weather: The weather was fine for a farce. It rained when it had purpose and most of the time it was hot.

Sappy Factor: 0

Quirky Meter: 0

Squirm Scale: 0

Drift Factor: I drifted frequently.

Predictability Level: Over the top as was most of the movie.

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: Ha

Big Screen or Rental: Rental would be just fine.

Length: 100 minutes