The star power is there for sure, but I genuinely think this movie would’ve still stood out on its own with a no-name cast. The writing was just brilliant! They gave us background stories for nearly every character but did it in such a way as to not detract from the main plot of the film and you just have to appreciate that.
They just couldn’t get it together. Tropic Thunder worked better than this film because they were consistent in both message and delivery. If you’re going to be goofy, be goofy. If you’re going to be serious, be serious. They just couldn’t get it right. Again, the Shia films were light-hearted family fun first; shoot-em-up, end of the world heavy second.