By: Ahmed Almatrook (Two Beers) –
Tropic Thunder is, in my opinion, the funniest movie made in the past decade or so. For me, it never gets old; no matter how many times I watch it, it always has a certain charm that never fades away(not that you’d want it to fade away). With an all-star cast and over an hour an a half of non-stop laughter, I can say with utmost certainty that Tropic Thunder will not disappoint you.
The movie tells the story of the making of a movie called Tropic Thunder, which is based on a book of the same name. The movie has a star-studded cast with a fair amount of experience, so you’d think that everything is going smooth right? Wrong, the movie is behind schedule and is on the brink of cancellation by the studio head, Les Grossman (Tom Cruise). So, in order to save the movie, director Damien Cockburn (Steve Coogan) has no choice but to get his five actors (Ben Stiller, Robert Downey Jr., Jack Black, Brandon T. Jackson, and Jay Baruchel) into an actual jungle and shoot the movie via the use of hidden cameras, while the actors experience the “real thing.”
Tropic Thunder is no small-scale movie; a lot of work was put into making it. They had fake websites, fake trailers, and plans to market Booty Sweat. It had a big budget and was a critical and box office hit. For me, it was unexpected. I expected it to be a movie that would just come and go, little did I know that it would ultimately become a movie that’s included in my top 100 greatest movies of all time *insert epic music here*(a little too dramatic?).
I have three words for you: Robert Downey Jr. That guy is just talented. Seriously, Sergeant Osiris is one of the funniest, most entertaining movie characters I have ever seen. His one liners, the accent, and his sense of humor is just fantastic. I felt that Robert Downey Jr. had a blast portraying Osiris and he was dedicated because he did deliver a very exceptional performance in my opinion.
Now I have two words for you, Tom Cruise. He took the role of Les Grossman, a studio head with a fiery temper, and just excelled in portraying him. Les Grossman should have his own movie for god’s sake. Although he didn’t have THAT much screen time, he did make an impact as big as, or maybe even bigger, than the main cast. Jack Black was amazing as usual. Tropic Thunder is a movie in which you feel that the cast and crew had a lot of fun making. It has an amazing script that’s riddled with awesome one-liners. It’s just an overall good movie, no more, no less.
My second beer would have to go to Ben Stiller. I’m very neutral when it comes to Mr.Stiller, like a Noble Gas (hahahaha high five anyone……………..anyone?), but seriously, I felt that he kinda ruined the movie for me. I’ll tell you why. You know that kid that always tried to hang out with your group but was never really accepted because he really doesn’t understand your conversations/jokes? Ben Stiller was like that, I didn’t think that he fit in with the other actors. He brings this indirectly forced seriousness to a movie that doesn’t want seriousness in it.
I love Tropic Thunder, it has a lot of sentimental value to me and I really do recommend watching it. It’s a blast from start to finish, and you’ll enjoy it. But remember, don’t go full retard, nobody goes full retard.
Take a Drink: for every mention of Booty Sweat
Take a Drink: every time Fats mentions drugs
Take a Drink: when an unexpected character shares a big secret (you’ll know who it is)
Do a Shot: for every one-liner