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violator14 3/29/2013 10:51:05 AM

 Gothicstorm-Avengers, Iron Man, Dark Knight, Thor are all based on comic books/toys, just like GI Joe is and look what they did with it. Is it too much to ask for to have some character development? Your 12 and 10 yr olds will LOVE it. But i think it could have been so much more and better. This could easily be a big time franchise, but Hollywood keeps screwing up these potentially great projects. 

violator14 3/29/2013 10:51:52 AM

 However if u judge and like ur movies based on a 12 year old's perspective, then i have no argument with you.  =)

aegrant 3/29/2013 10:52:29 AM

 Pure escapism... and I need that some time

kennynine 3/29/2013 12:20:54 PM

 G.i. Joke 

SarcasticCaveman 3/29/2013 12:37:38 PM

 Preach it, Violator!  Yes, G.I.Joe was a toy line, a comic book and a cartoon in the 80's...when I was a kid.  Kids grow up.  Is it too much to ask that a movie treat us like the adults we are now?  If they had a good script, they could even use the weather dominator, and it would rule on some level.  They have the Michael Bay stuff covered...how much more would a G.I.Joe movie rock if they kept the Michael Bay stuff, but managed to slip in a little Tom Clancy intelligence?

SarcasticCaveman 3/29/2013 12:40:11 PM

 On a side note...anybody else want to see those twins from "The Matrix: Reloaded" play Tomax and Xamot?

ElBaz13 3/29/2013 1:19:09 PM

For those of you who think Rise of Cobra was better than you know nothing of GiJoe.

This one did not have.

1) Snake Eyes' mouth on his mask 2) his lame ass vow of silence crap 3) a Wayan 4) exo suits and black body suits 5) no dumbass plotline of a Joe being best friends with Cobra Commander and Baroness being Cobra Commander’s sister and Duke’s former fiancé 6) usage lame Joes nobody knows or cares for (Heavy Duty?) 7) a Star Wars ship battle under water 8) characters not even close looking to their cartoon/comic counterpart (Cobra Commander) 9) GiJoe as a global operation 10) Ripcord/Scarlet "romance" 11) wrong skin color: Ripcord is white. Wayans could have played any other black Joe. 12) Tatum as a the lead.

Agree...this movie wasn't up to par with other comicbook blockbusters out there but it was closer to the Hama GiJoe than the last one.

(spoilers here if not seen it)

Willis and The Rock > Tatum and Wayans

More military style and less sci-fi.

The Snake Eyes/Storm Shadow storyline was definitely from Hama's work. The battle with ninjas in the mountain and zero dialogue was a tribute to his classic Silent Interlude issue. The death of the Hard Master at the hands of Zartan was all Marvel/Gijoe. Too bad we didnt see Arnold Vosloo but Jonathan Pryce did a surprisingly great job at channeling him. Ray Stevenson as Firefly was a great foil to Roadblock and the Joes.

Using classic core Joes that were the most popular : Roadblock, Flint, Lady Jaye, Snake Eyes was definitely something for the fans. Yeah sure, Flint was just a prop in this one but at least it was Flint. At least they didn't invent some guy out of the blue. They could have done the same for the Willis character but no, they made him Joe Colton, the original Joe.

I do get a sense some stuff was cut to make way for the additional Tatum scenes. You can tell at the beginning what the "new" stuff was.

All in all, if you look back at the original cartoons and comics, there wasn't much character development. It was actually less than these movies since Hama never had time to do. Hasbro was forcing him to introduce the new (toy) characters every year and that preventend him from working on the current roster.  Snake Eyes was the only one that got the most character development and they stuck with that in the movie.

I guess I'm in the minority here but I liked it.

 

invisioner 3/29/2013 1:50:45 PM

 well, I already saw the ninja battle on previews, so I guess that was all I needed to save money.

 

almostunbiased 3/29/2013 2:12:05 PM

I'd say a C is about right.  My daughter and I were both entertained.  We nboth said we liked it.  So that's like 3 out of 5 stars if you look at Netflix standards.  It had some fun scenes, but some major problems in the writing of the story.  I didn't think the dialogue was laughable as some have said, in fact I'd say it was comical when it was supposed to be and just okay overall.

thezillaman 3/29/2013 2:47:59 PM

 when a 10 year old or an 12 even a 11 year old diden't think it was all that and a 42 and 38 17, 15 years old all thought the same that it was not worth it,  then it's not!!  This shit whent from o.k to plain out dumb real fast. Glad it was only 1 1/2 hour long..

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