I was hugely disappointed with Tropic Thunder in the summer. I had built the damn film up to be the best thing since sliced bread after having seen the trailer for it before watching The Dark Knight. Then came all the complaints over Ben Stiller portraying a retard and not being one to care much about political correctness, that made me want to like the movies even more.
And then I actually went to see Tropic Thunder and realized I’d seen all the best bits in the trailer. It was still a mildly entertaining 90 minutes of cinema but apart from Robert Downey Jr. (who was absolutely exquisite in his role as Kirk Lazarus) it all felt a little hackneyed, overdone, and dull.
I was obviously in the minority in thinking this way though because there has been intense speculation surrounding a possible Tropic Thunder 2. There is clearly some fan demand for it as well as a willingness from the cast to regroup and make a new one. But Robert Downey Jr. doesn’t seem too keen and has dismissed the rumors that a sequel is being planned. He told Extra:
“I have a feeling that we’d still make some money but it probably wouldn’t be as good.”
Not as good as the first? That would be pretty terrible then. But as Downey Jr. rightly points out, it would likely make a ton of money into the bargain so I’m sure Ben Stiller is at least considering the possibility. Personally I think they should leave it well alone. It’s brought Downey Jr. back into the mainstream and made Tom Cruise look less like a douchebag. That’s good enough.