Monday, August 18, 2008

Tropic Thunder

Saturday, August 16, 2008

It's a good time for comedy, when you get a movie like this just one week after Pineapple Express. It would have been funnier if they had actually gotten Tom Cruise to play the Ben Stiller role, but you can't complain too much when you see how funny Cruise is as the studio executive. The man has a surprising gift for this kind of comedy, I'd definitely be on board if he tries something like this again. Stiller maybe mis-cast himself a little as an action star, but obviously he's funny enough of an actor that you don't really mind. It's a fine line... Zoolander is funnier because Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson are not remotely plausible as models, but Tropic Thunder is hurt a little because Stiller isn't a plausible action star.

The ensemble is great. Robert Downey Jr has already received plenty of praise for this, so instead let me heap some love on Matthew McConaughey, who reminded me that he's actually a funny and charismatic actor when he's not starring in complete shit.

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