It’s not book-related, but it still looks like a fun meme. I found this meme over at A Novel Menagerie and decided it looked like fun. Plus, I actually sat down and watched a Netflix rental on DVD this past weekend….
Starring: Ben Stiller, Robert Downey, Jr., Jack Black
Directed by: Ben Stiller
Time: 2 hours, 1 minute (director’s cut DVD)
Every time I see one of the new Hollywood comedies that everyone raves about, calling it the next big thing, I have to wonder–do I just not have a sense of humor any more? Because nine times out of ten, these comedies have their amusing moments, but more often than not I fail to see the point or why everyone else thinks they’re so funny. Cases in point: Anything with Will Farrell post “Anchorman,” most Adam Sandler films, “Napolean Dynomite” and now, “Tropic Thunder.”
“Tropic Thunder” is the latest in a long line of films in which Hollywood pokes fun at itself. After blowing a huge scene and putting production of their war movie behind schedule and severely overbudget, a group of actors is dropped off in the wilderness, given a list of scenes and told that hidden cameras will be filming them. Little do they know they’ve been dropped off inside the zone of a group of drug lords, who mistake them for DEA agents. Basically, it’s the same premise as “Three Amigos” where you have a group of actors who think they’re playing while the bad guys are deadly serious and out to kill them. Only difference is that “Three Amigos” was funnier and a bit broader in humor.
There are moments in “Tropic Thunder” that work well. Tom Cruise is hilarious as the foul-mouthed Hollywood big-shot. But when the real highlight of the film are the fake trailers that play before the movie, you know there’s a problem. The cast is trying hard and there are some funny moments here. But the movie goes for the throw jokes at the wall and see what sticks mentality that a lot of comedies seems to use these days. And a lot of the jokes just don’t stick.
The cast is solid, the movie looks and sounds great. It’s just not as funny as it thinks it is.
My rating: 2 bags of popcorn out of 5.