Tropic Thunder (2008)


“I know who I am. I’m the dude playin’ the dude, disguised as another dude! ” – Kirk Lazarus

Number of Times Seen – Twice (4 Nov 2008 and 4 Nov 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A bunch of spoiled actors making a Vietnam movie are forced to face the jungles when their director wants them to feel the realism of it all.

My Take on it – This is a film that I surprisingly saw for the first time exactly 10 years ago (to the day) (even I was shocked to see that) 🙂 and wasn’t the biggest fan of but I decided to give it another try to see if I was possibly wrong back then.

Unfortunately, I was quite right and this was not more enjoyable this time around.

This movie has a very talented cast yet they are wasted here because the story tries too hard to do everything completely over the top.

The way tat the premise of the film is presented comes across as being quite absurd and they keep reminding us along the way how unrealistic the story is by the various elements that they keep adding to the storyline.

The one thing that they get right is the way that the personalities of the characters are quite shallow and are self loving prima-donnas even when faced with jungle conditions.

Some of these scenes are pretty funny but they feel more like vignettes that would appear in sketches on SNL but not strung together for a full length film.

Overall tho, this film keeps missing its mark over and over.

The standout among the cast is Robert Downey Jr. who somehow got an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for this role despite the fact that it’s far from being among his best performances.

Bottom Line – Very talented cast is wasted here because the story gets too over the top.  The premise of the film is a bit absurd and time and again reminds us of how unrealistic this idea truly is. They do get the personalities of shallow and self loving some actors can be when making a film and those parts are funny, but overall, this film misses its mark over and over.  Downey Jr. plays his character quite over the top and was rewarded by getting an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for this role despite it being far from among his best.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In the film, Kirk Lazarus says, “I don’t drop character ’til I’ve done the DVD commentary”. When recording the audio commentary for the Unrated DVD and Blu-ray, Robert Downey, Jr. actually spends the entire commentary in the character that appears on the screen as the movie progresses. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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