Tropic Thunder (Unrated Director's Cut)

I like movies about Vietnam.  Some of them are good and some are just really bad, but they’re still interesting because they allow me to get a feel for an era that has passed us by yet still impacts us every day.  Now there’s a new, yet very unorthodox, one out right now.

Starting this November 18th, now available as a two disc boxed set from DreamWorks Home Entertainment and Paramount Pictures Home Entertainment comes the story of the story of making a movie based on a book about the Vietnam War.  Tropic Thunder – Two Disc Director’s Cut is ready to shoot its way out of your television screen and explode right into your heart.  Bring home this hilarious spoof on Hollywood and the way things really work today!

A group of pampered actors are in Vietnam trying to make a war movie that isn’t turning out well.  The director takes them into the interior, but he gets killed and the actors aren’t aware it was for real.  They are tracked and attacked by a drug cartel and must find some way to get back to the real world.  The best parts of the movie are definitely the one-liners, including “I’m a lead farmer, mother-#@%&*$!,” “Mother Nature just pissed her pantsuit” and “That’s like punching the American flag in the face.”

The special features included in this two disc director’s cut are some optional audio filmmaker and cast commentaries on the first disc while the second disc is completely loaded down with bonus features.  There is a deeper look at the cast of the film, a featurette showing how they blew all the stuff up, a perspective on how they designed the movie, some deleted and extended scenes and a whole lot more to help you descend into the madness.

I did not know what this film was going to be about until a couple of days before I saw it in theatres.  I knew it was about guys making a Vietnam movie and it wasn’t going well, but I did not know that Ben Stiller would be returning to his home in the land of satire.  Now that he’s back from his misadventures in comedy at large, Stiller is free to be hilarious once more.  The writing in this film was sublime and it skewered the entire Hollywood industry right and left.  There are the sycophantic assistants to the powerful studio chief played by Bill Hader magnificently deferring to Tom Cruise in a role that just might resurrect his career, the too-cool agent wonderfully played by Matthew Mcconaughey, Nick Nolte as the grizzled Vietnam vet who actually never left the states, Steve Coogan as the director who can’t control his actors and gets desperate.  Jack Black is the comic actor with a coke problem, Brandon Jackson is the self-promoting rapper who is expanding into acting, Jay Baruchel is the young actor who takes his roles seriously and is trying to break into the industry, Ben Stiller is the action actor who is in the twilight of his career and Robert Downey Jr. is the actor who becomes so immersed in his roles that he completely loses himself.  It’s a hilarious tour-de-force that completely skewers Hollywood.

This film brings the Thunder!

This two disc set is available at Amazon.com.

Nathaniel Jonet

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