Saturday, August 16, 2008

Method to Their Madness

From its inspired, brilliant first 10 minutes, right on up to the closing credits, you'll be on the floor laughing yourself silly over Tropic Thunder. This satire of Hollywood pretension, action films, Vietnam War films, method acting, tyrannical studio heads, overzealous agents, Oscar bait, and basically anything related to the art of moviemaking, is just fall-down flat-out funny. No, those trailers at the start of the film — before the credits — aren't for real movies, but they're totally dead-on. All the acting — by Ben Stiller (who also cowrote and directed), Jack Black, Matthew McConaughey, Tom Cruise, Nick Nolte, Danny McBride, and especially Robert Downey Jr. — is hysterical. The screenplay is filthy and at times offensive, but always meant in good fun. To ruin any of this movie's pleasures would be wrong, so I'll just tell you it's the funniest movie of the summer and give it an A–. The film's tagline is Get Some. I agree.



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