Project 101

Dan attempts to watch 101 movies in 12 months

#19 Tropic Thunder

Posted by Dan on January 1, 2009

tropic_thunder_ver3I was really looking forward to this movie. I wanted to go see it at the movies, but I just never quite found the time to go. Thankfully due to the lightning speed that it seems to take movies to come out on dvd now, I didn’t have to wait that long.

I should have kept waiting.

This movie is awful. I’ve never been so disappointed in a movie like this for ages. I love Robert Downey Jnr, but his character was a bit of a one-trick pony and the funniest lines he had were already used in the preview. Jack Black was almost nonexistant in his usual comedic schtick, which seemed to be simply overrun by the other actors on the screen. Then there’s Ben Stiller. Fuck I hate that guy. The only thing I really liked about that movie was Tom Cruise’s role and the fact that Alpa’s man that he was in love with, “Lance”, turns out to be Lance Bass.

This movie was incredibly sub-par. Sure, I can see what they were trying to do with it, and I totally get it, but just the execution was awful. I even hated the commentary, which has Ben Stiller and Jack Black giving some really boring insights, and RDJ who kept in character the whole time.

I give this movie 2 out of 5.

“I know who I am – I’m a dude playing a dude disguised as another dude!”

Here, as a treat, let me save you the copy of rental, the whole movie can be summed up in their trailer:

4 Responses to “#19 Tropic Thunder”

  1. Dee said

    You are the only other person I know who openly admits to not liking this film. Everyone went on and on about it, and when I finally watched it, I was unimpressed, though I couldn’t quite put my finger on why. I love Robert Downey Jr, I have a higher tolerance than most people for Ben Stiller, I like comedy that dares to push the limits of good taste, but… I don’t know. And I am so tired of Jack Black doing Jack Black in EVERYTHING.

    The funny thing is that when I spoke to people after and said I didn’t really like this thing or that thing, there was a lot of, “Yeah… I see what you mean”, and “Yeah… you’re right about that bit”, so I am starting to think that NO ONE likes this film, but for some reason they don’t want to admit to it.

    I will say this for it though, the Tom Cruise thing was great. Shocking but brilliant.

  2. Dan said

    omg, who would’ve known that a movie like that could make me like Tom Cruise so much! I didn’t even know he was in it until about half way through, and I thought “hang on, I thought I saw Tom’s name in the opening credits? He hasn’t been– OH SNAP!”

  3. Josh said

    My theory on Dee’s comment, which is probably true:
    people don’t want to admit they got suckered.

    I hate not liking a film I have invested in, whether its paying at the box office or just thinking it is going to be worthwhile.

    anyway, thanks for the heads up.

  4. Dan said

    anytime – maybe I should change the tag line of this blog to “I watch crappy movies so you don’t have to”

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