• RATINGS GUIDE


    An amazing film


    A very good film


    Worth the money to check out at least at a matinee


    Didn't impress me much either way


    Bad, Bad, movie


    It should go back into the shadows from whence it came!!!

TROPIC THUNDER

Well, it was neither that funny, nor that bad…At least to this still sleepy, non-morning person, who attended an early showing. All of fifteen other people were in the audience.

Problematic racial and disability ickyness, aside, it was alright.

I chuckled pretty consistently throughout, but three parts, in particular, got my loud annoying laugh, snorting included. As always, I will not divulge what those parts are, here.

That much talked-about cameo, that should have been funny, scared the crap out of me, instead….The arms and hands, y’all, the arms and the hands….*shudder* And please, a white guy hip-hop routine?…That dead horse is dust, now.

On the blackface. Downey, is as expected, very good. He brings the acting skills “A” game to the self-important white-guy playing a black guy routine. Husky voiced, bug-eyed, toughness included.

…Yes, the joke is on actors like Angelina Jolie, talking out of one side of her mouth about where the black princesses are for her little girl, but still playing The Fox and Marianne Pearl in all her whiteness. There is, however, much ickyness in translation, y’all.

The white guy-in-blackface “cool factor” that has been pushed, since we first heard about this movie, is just as jacked-up as those self-important actors Stiller lampoons. The fact that the “real black guy” did a lackluster job didn’t help matters, either (in a role lampooning taking yet another acting job from real black actors’ hands).

It’s the reason why Chappelle quit, y’all. Folks were laughing at the shuffling and not the joke that shuffling is. Such is the case, here. Most of America just ain’t there enough to get it, yet. That goes for the joke on able-bodied actors taking on special roles to Oscar accolades, as well.

I can already see many a baseball-capped college guy doing their best “Black Downey Jr.” and Simple Jack impersonations. Yuck.

So, yes there are laughs here, but what was meant to be funny gets muddled in translation. The cartoonishness of the “real” stereotypical locations and people juxtaposed with all this, doesn’t help matters.

Still, it gets the from me.

Funny counts for a lot…If only the idea had been handled by more capable hands.

PARENTS: There are graphically-depicted war scenes and effects. It’s definitely not for kiddies.

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