Tropic Thunder, directed by Ben Stiller boasts, an impressive cast including Ben Stiller, Robert Downey, Jr., JackBlack, Jay Baruchel, Tom Cruise, Nick Nolte, Bill Hader, and many, many more.
The premise is solid and ripe for humor. Although I do not feel the movie lived up to its full potential, it was, nonetheless, a laugh fest. I honestly think it will be one of those comedies that has high re-watch value and gets better with each successive viewing. I just wish they had gone a little more crazy with the script.
I think it’s inevitable to compare Tropic Thunder to Zoolander because of the mocking tone of both films – one a critique of the movie industry, the other a critique of the modeling industry. I think Zoolander wins, simply because it felt a bit more coherent as a whole.
Don’t get me wrong, though – Tropic Thunder was a good flick. I’m already reliving some of the funnier moments with those who I went and saw the movie with, which is always a good sign. One of the things I found especially pleasing was the use of fake trailers at the beginning of the film as a mechanism to prep the story and introduce the characters. It was very reminiscent of Grindhouse.
Cruise, Black, and Downey are especially enjoyable.
As a side note, all the “uproar” about the use of the word “retard” is, well, a bit dumbfounding (no pun, etc. intended).
A web-based world has been created around Tropic Thunder with nine websites (that I know of) set-up for the actors and made-up movies in the film:
Very funny stuff.