Every film genres reaches a stage when people starts making a parody or a discontruction of it. We had Dewey Cox and Bob Dylan’s I’m Not There for biopics, Enchanted for Disney Princesses movie and Hot Fuzz for buddy cop movies. Now it’s the Vietnam War movie genre popularized by such films like Apocalypse Now, Platoon and that Michael J Fox movie.
Tropic Thunder is about three actors (an action star, a comedian & an Oscar winning actor played by Ben Stiller, Jack Black & Robert Downey Jr respectively) shooting a big budget Vietnam War movie. When the director gets fed up and left them, they end up in a middle of a real war while still thinking that they are still in a movie set. Yeah, I think I got the story right.
The main highlight of this movie is that Robert Downey Jr is playing a black guy. No wait, he’s playing a white guy who is portraying a black character. Some people have already called it racist. When black people play white characters (White Chicks), it’s comedy but when it’s the other way around, it’s racist 🙄
Watch the trailer below. Robert Downey Jr. is hilarious!!
Release Date: 15 August 2008