August 17, 2008

Tropic Thunder

tropicthunderThe relentlessly insane Robert Downey Jr. saves this overly complicated, overlong comedy.

Tropic Thunder is Galaxy Quest crossed with Platoon: the cast of a Vietnam War movie gets dropped into the authentic Vietnam jungle and has to fake their way through a Missing In Action-style "rescue-the-POW" adventure.

Why does this movie remind me of Galaxy Quest?

  Tropic Thunder Galaxy Quest
Over-the-hill blowhard who gets them all in trouble? Tugg Speedman (Ben Stiller) Jason Nesmith (Tim Allen)
Captain Kirk reference? Speedman watches classic Star Trek on his iPod for inspiration Allen's entire character is an homage to William Shatner
Classically Trained Actor slumming in genre piece? Kirk Lazarus (Robert Downey Jr) Alexander Dane (Alan Rickman)
Classically Trained Actor wears prosthetics? Lazarus has his skin surgically darkened Dane wears latex gill-head to play "Dr. Lazarus"
African-American 'Straight Man'? Alpa Chino (Brandon T Jackson) Tommy Webber (Daryl Mitchell)
(AMC Burlington, with my wife and her sister Sara)