Cruise in Tropic Thunder footage
Footage of Tom Cruise's role in Tropic Thunder has appeared online, and while I can understand the mechanics of the humour behind it, I just don't find it funny.
It seems to miss all the beats and doesn't really take advantage of making Tom Cruise something different for me. In fact I think it plays up a little to how the audience perhaps perceive him in real life and is possibly doing him an injustice.
I really didn't laugh at all, not even a giggle. It's strange though, watching the footage I could see where they were setting up the jokes, how they were build, all the behind the scenes if you will. However they just didn't work.
There's something about the humour that just goes too slowly and drags on, holding onto an idea too long for me. I think that's why it doesn't work.
Of course there's also the thing to consider that this sequence is totally out of context too, so maybe in context it's funny. Maybe.
It's strange because there's so much they could do so much with Tom Cruise in a comic role, my guess, and hope, is that it is out of context and there are other scenes that take advantage of the unique casting moment.
Have a look and see what you think of the apparently leaked footage of Tom Cruise in Tropic Thunder.