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This review is from: Tropic Thunder (DVD)
I wanted to like Tropic Thunder. I was looking forward to seeing it having heard some good reports. In the end though, I just didn't enjoy it. There were some funny moments, and the production was very good - it's slick and impressive to look at, especially on blu-ray. But the film is let down by a dull plot, and empty characters. I just didn't care about any of them - they were all one-dimensional. I know, in a way that that is the point - they are all supposed to be one-dimensional actors - but that joke kind of carries on into this film, making Stiller, Black, Downey et al all seem boring. Downey Jr. is great, but the joke wears thin, and is kind of dealt with in the first few minutes of the film.
I found myself longing for the more nuanced character comedies of Steve Martin, John Candy, Chevy Chase etc. The Three Amigos, for example, was a similar type of film, carried off with a more absurd humor, and some genuine warmth.
For all the explosions, Tropic Thunder left me cold.