If you are wondering if you should see Tropic Thunder, the new movie starring Ben Stiller, Robert Downey, Jr. and Jack Black, stop thinking about it and just go. Tropic Thunder is hilarious. This is one of those “Don’t Miss” movies.
It’s about a group of actors who are left in the jungles of Vietnam to film the one of the most authentic war movies ever. What we get is one of the funniest war movies ever.
Along the way they cross paths with a guerilla drug operation that puts them in real danger. When the real bullets fly, our heroes think it’s all just part of the production.
The main attraction of this movie is Robert Downey, Jr., who plays a method actor so committed to his roles that he has himself surgically pigmented black in order to play an African American soldier, and then never breaks character even when all hell breaks loose. Next to Heath Ledger’s portrayal of The Joker in Dark Knight, this may be the best performance of the year.
Some people are kind of hit or miss with Ben Stiller. Don’t worry. It’s definitely a hit this time around. His shtick is just right for the past-his-prime action hero he plays. And Jack Black is the perfect compliment to his costars as a pudgy comedy star with a habit.
To be fair, the entire cast is great. I won’t spoil it for you, but there are a ton of cameos and surprise actors in this movie. Each one will make you smile, and a couple will have you flat out laughing out loud. You’ll know what I mean after you see it.
The bottom line is that there are laughs from start to finish, and many of them are belly laughs. If you want a couple of hours of fun and funny entertainment, Tropic Thunder is a very good investment. Just be sure you get to the theatre early, so you don’t miss the beginning of the film.