Over the weekend I had a chance to catch the new Ben Stiller film “Tropical Thunder” and it was one of the funniest movies I’ve seen in a long time! I remember recently coming out of “Get Smart” complaining that it a had been too long since I’d seen a side splitting comedy – one that really made me laugh through out the whole film. Well Tropical Thunder was the answer to that problem, its just hysterical!
It starts out with a great cast and a great premise. After blowing a multimillion dollar special effects shot a novice director decides to film Blair Witch/Reality TV style and takes his cast of Hollywood stars into the jungle. They promptly get lost, run afoul of the heroine trade, and have to fight their way out.
The film is just full of great performances. Robert Downey Jr. is the standout playing an Australian actor so into the method school he gets pigmentation surgery to play an African American. His character does most of the movie in character and full make up.
Jack Black as the fat drugged out comic reminded me of Artie Lange from the Howard Stern Show and Ben Stiller plays an action star of questionable talent on the downward slope of his career. The real surprise in the cast is Tom Cruise as the power crazed Hollywood mogul. He has to be seen to be believed!
Stiller cowrote and directed the film which has apparently been knocking around Hollywood for ten years or more. The best thing about this film is it isn’t afraid to offend. Its very old school in that respect. While extremely different it reminded me of Blazing Saddles in that it not only went over the line but went back and rubbed the line out! See this in the theater or cable. When it gets to regular TV they’re are going to have to cut the heart out of it to show it.
All in all I’d give it an “A” and rank it among the best of the summer.