DVD: Tropic Thunder
I missed this one when it was out on the big screen, but finally managed to track it down as a weekly rental (the movies get to weekly rental pretty quick these days). It was as expected.
If you’re not familiar with the concept, it’s a Ben Stiller-directed action/comedy about a misfit group of actors (Hollywood actors playing parody versions of other Hollywood actors) working on a troubled action film.
Part of the comedy comes from the film’s parody of action-movie cliches, another part from the crass humour that’s employed, and then the film attempts to have some more dramatic substance than an average action film.
With all these genres in play, along with a huge budget for the action effects (visually, it could rival a real action film), it feels a bit disjointed, and trying to do too many things, but for the most part, it’s an enjoyable journey.