Last Wednesday was awesome! It was our first outing together after Raya, full with dinner, a movie and a good conversation between us.
We had our dinner at KluangStation@OU. Followed by "Tropic Thunder"!
"Tropic Thunder" was 'just okay!' for me. Both of my friends laughed-out-loud during and after the movie. Maybe, I was too tired to enjoy. Maybe.
The opening scene for "Tropic Thunder" was definitely a good one but I won't spoil it for you. Suffice to say - yes, Ben Stiller and his platoon mates, Steve Coogan and his entire crew were actually making a film based on a book written by Vietnam War veteran Sgt. Four Leaf, played by Nick Nolte.
Some people might get sick to the stomach (including me) watching soldiers being blown up to pieces, blood gushing out like a fountain from heads and guts dangling out from bodies in the most painful way one could possibly imagine. It really was gross but those effects were good (I can't deny it!). To enjoy the movie deeper, you've also got to know a thing or two about Hollywood's all time favorite films like "Forest Gump", "I Am Sam" and many more A-list movies, so you won't be lost in the dialogue between the actors.
Also, when watching "Tropic Thunder", pay attention to a little kid of about 12 who plays a drug kingpin in Vietnam. For a child playing the head villain with a cigar in one hand and a bazooka in another, this kid was really good.
As for the message part, I think what the director was trying to get across is, that it isn't easy being an actor, especially a good one. Anyone can be an actor but a good one is definitely hard to come by.
So now I'm just curious - do Vietnamese people speak Mandarin? Really? Haha.