Thursday, December 17, 2009

December 16, 2009

Tropic Thunder (2008)
#42 on my Top 100 List
From the very beginning, this movie is memorable and hysterical, with audiences first being shown three fake trailers ("Scorcher VI", "The Fatties: Fart Two" and my personal favorite "Satan's Alley"), each of which stars one of the stars of the movie-within-a-movie, Tropic Thunder. Ben Stiller, Jack Black, and Robert Downey Jr (in blackface, which for some reason, no one took offense to) play those three stars with gusto. This movie is really all about performances. Besides the three leads, Brandon T. Jackson and Steve Coogan shine as a hip-hop star turned actor and the inexperienced director. The controversy that the film DID raise was, in my opinion, very misplaced. RDJ's character was not making fun of the mentally disabled when he gave his acting advice of, "Never go full retard." That whole segment was the movie making fun of actors who go too deep into their roles with the sole intent of winning awards. But the most memorable thing about the entire movie was Tom Cruise's performance as the foul-mouthed studio head, complete with his awkward dance scenes and the thinly-veiled jab at Hollywood's obsession with Diet Coke.
My Netflix rating: 5 stars

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