First Time Screening. I am not a fan of Tom Cruise. He does one thing fairly all right in my opinion, that's smile, as you may remember from my The Firm review. Until now. His portrayal of fictional studio executive Less Grossman results in one of the funniest characters I have ever seen. In a movie that stars Robert Downey Jr., Ben Stiller, and Jack Black, who would think that Tom Cruise would steal the show - with comedy? Look - this isn't to say Downey wasn't freakin' perfect. He was. And honestly - even if you don't agree with me about Cruise here, you gotta see the film for Downey's performance alone. But Downey is ALWAYS perfect. He's one of the best actors we have. Cruise is not. Like his little American Idol singer clone, Tim Urban, this kid Cruise has got my attention now.
The film starts out hysterical, gets bit long in the middle, but ends strong. This had to be the most expensive in-joke flick of all time. I remember hearing the budget ballooned up to $100 million (kinda pricey for a comedy). But anyone even remotely in the know about the filmmaking process will laugh their asses off. And honestly - every cent is onscreen. Really, really enjoyable film; try not to blow your hands off. Enjoy, kiddies! Soft Serve Ice Cream @ 66th and B'Way!