Movie Review: Tropic Thunder

Director Ben Stiller's latest installment, Tropic Thunder, is a funny over-the-top satire based on Hollywood and it's egotistic mentalities. Yes, this movie is an assault on humanity, but it's funny. Well for the most part anyway. Knowingly, a lot of you will not like this movie, and find it disrespectful. However, this isn't made for those people. You might bring up South Park or the Family Guy as the same category of humor. And if you do like those shows, you will probably like this movie.
Now with that being said, one of Tropic Thunder's strengths, is it's ability to hash out amazing quotes. Most of the genius comes from Robert Downey Jr's character, Kirk Lazarus, who's an actor that undergoes a skin pigmentation in order to play an African American soldier for a movie. Downey Jr. does a great job, and you almost forget that it is Robert Downey Jr. playing that character.
There are certain major cameos in the movie. And one of those actors(who shall remain nameless, but I'm sure you already know by now) does an amazing job playing a big shot movie producer. His line's are off the wall.
The only actor that was overshadowed by the other talent in the movie was actually Ben Stiller. I guess because this is a more ensemble movie, so his character isn't as prominent even though he is the lead character in the movie.
Tropic Thunder is a play off of Hearts of Darkness, the documentary about the making of Apocalypse Now. Stiller also injects some Hollywood thematics into it; the behind the scene movie star egos, producer egos, director egos. If you get Hollywood then you will probably get the sense of the movie.
Tropic Thunder isn't for the faint of heart as it is an R rated comedy. Which seems to me that it was amazing that it got off the ground, when you consider it also has a $100 million budget. However, Stiller got the greenlight and provided an entertaining flick.
3.5 out of 5

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