The thing about Stiller is he started decent and was well balanced in roles like dramadies (Keeping the Faith), supporting roles (Reality Bites), and drama (Permanent Midnight). It was unitl he got There's Something About Mary where the Farrelly's got their funniest movie where Stiller rode the wave...that has led him to his multiple protagonist roles.
But really, his acting is nothing particularly outstanding. Holding his own at best. He's recently marked his role in comedic films, but it seems that those are just pay days, a crutch if you will, to make a living while choosing his acting/ directing roles. C'mon, he just plays the same sh*tty nice-guy-in-awkward-character-in-the--most-embarassing situation since the Farrelly's Mary. And to top it off, he's not even funny...he's become a comedic actor which is different. See his interviews as proof.
As for his directing, he's always been "close but no cigar". His films are more off the mark that have great acting, but are lacking in the plot department. See The Cable Guy. Carrey is in top form, but his comedy is dark, with Broderick playing the Stiller role, and a unclear TV aspect Stiller plays murdering twins (around the time of the Menendez trial). I couldn't decide either to laugh at Carrey or just feel sorry and to culminate to what? Destroying the "baby-sitting" cable satellite ending coming out of nowhere. WTF?
In Tropic Thunder, the plot is a little worn out but great performances by RDJ and Tom Cruise, that with knock it outta the park!! Its as good/ funny as it gets with these 2. RDJ doing a Aussie doing a black soldier and TC dumping his good/ pretty boy into an unrecognizeable hirsute, funny *sshole. Who else would convince "The Cruiser" to do that weird role? Only a friend...But in the end, it ends in a fizzle and the equivalent of having the keys to 2 Lamborghinis, revving them up and just driving them around the block. The Academy Award nomination for RDJ on this weird comedy should speak volumes of what was coming for him...
In the Secret Life of Walter Smitty, he does a more mature, melloow approach, but still a bit off. Stiller plays a lonley guy so broad, its cliche'd. Ironically, its the sense of adventure and the "get off your ass and do something" feel that I would think would be the hardest thing to capture, but its what he does best with the daydreaming sequences a close second. Bonus points for the soundtrack. An accomplished film, but I'd think easily forgettable to many...
I say he's done what he can taking advantage of beloved roles...but I really don't see much shaking up in the acting department. But if he keeps up, he just might have something up his sleeve in the directing chair, IMO.
Deaft0newrites: on December 7th, 2014 at 12:25:45 PM
How right You are ; Cable guy is brilliant , heavily underrated , easily one of Carrey's best movies and performances .
Tropic Thunder was hillarious and Tom Cruise one of it's biggest assets.
Favourite Stiller movies ; Something about Mary and Meet the parents
My favorite Stiller roles are still There's Something About Mary and Meet the Fockers...but I'll watch anything out of his trademark comedic ties like Keeping the Faith, Reality Bites (he also directed that) or Zero Effect.
jafinbhamwrites: on December 10th, 2014 at 4:21:07 AM