Monday, August 18, 2008
Nobody's Stealing My Thunder
OMG! This is unprecedented! A post on Tuesday! I don't think this has happened in at least a month or maybe even two. Could I possibly be getting back into the groove of things? Probably not.
Today Hubba-hubba and I decided to go see Tropic Thunder. We dropped Mr. P off to school and headed to the nearest movie theater, where the tickets are only four bucks for a matinee! Score! And it is actually a nice theater with stadium seating and with floors that only marginally adhere to the soles of your shoes.
I know that there is a bit of protest surrounding a certain aspect of the film. The main character, in a futile Oscar bid, tries to play a mentally challenged man against his normal shoot 'em up type.
I have to say that I understand both sides of the argument. Ben Stiller says that the ones he is making fun of are the actors that play mentally handicapped people in order to boost their careers, while the other side cries foul.
Upon seeing the movie, there can be no doubt in my mind that Ben Stiller is right. It is poking fun at the movie industry and the actors who feel they are giving themselves a certain air of gravitas for playing such a role. And to be honest, hasn't it worked a lot of the time?
Did not Tom Hanks win an Oscar for Forrest Gump? And Russel Crowe one for A Beautiful Mind? And Dustin Hoffman for Rain Man? Granted those are different forms of mental disability, but the fact that the Academy gives them such kudos for putting a "human" face on people who are already human, thank you very much, says a lot about the industry.
So, go see Tropic Thunder. I recommend it heartily.