GI Joe: Movie Review

I have to admit that some of my fondest memories of playing with toys when I was younger were with my G.I. Joe vehicles and action figures.  I loved that there were so many characters, both heroes and villains, a ton of cool vehicles that you could put together yourself before playing with them and a really great cartoon show to go along with them.  I would go out to the backyard with all my figures, vehicles and Cobra command center, invite some friends over and play for hours.  Those were some good times!  When I heard that they were finally going to make a live action movie based on these toys, I was totally jazzed.

A couple of months before the release, I started to hear some bad press coming out about this movie.  I heard about bad screenings, issues between the studio and director and general apathy towards the film.  I began to be really skeptical on whether or not this would turn out to be anything worth watching or not.  Luckily, in my opinion, all of these fears and doubts were completely unnecessary and what I saw this weekend was one of the best big budget summer films I’ve seen.
When viewing this movie I was taken back in time to the memories I had of playing with these toys and I began remembering all of the different characters and toys.  I loved the fact that they included so many of the different heroes and villains and used a number of the different vehicles that I remember playing with and enjoying.  They had Hawk, Duke, Scarlett, Ripcord, Heavy Duty, Snake Eyes, Destro, the Baroness, Storm Shadow, Dr. Mindbender, Cobra Commander, Breaker and Zartan.  I remember every one of these and loved how they brought them to life.  There was some great casting made with this movie and I hope that they signed the entire cast to a sequel.

The script admittedly is not the most sophisticated in the world, however, it follows the formula you would expect from a Joe movie, good vs. evil.  The special operations unit called G.I. Joe is used when every other team has failed.  In the case of this movie, the army has failed to protect a highly destructible weapon that a secret society has captured, and the Joes have to get it back before it can be used against the civilians.  It’s that simple.  However, it doesn’t need to be complex to make it enjoyable.  This is a scenario that most kids that played with these toys have thought up themselves.  That’s something I enjoyed about the movie is that it put the scenarios I thought of when I was a kid into a live action film.

Also, the performances are nothing to write home about, but they are solid and serve the purpose of the film.  I thought each person was cast brilliantly, but I will give props to Sienna Miller for her take as the Baroness.  She manages to steal every scene that she comes into.  The biggest show steal of the movie are the special effects and action sequences.  They are spectacular!!!  I was on the edge of my seat for these scenes and got kind of giddy inside seeing these characters in action and kicking butt.

I really enjoyed this movie myself.  I’d love to hear what everyone else that has seen it thinks.  Honestly, it’s one of the few films that has come out this year that I can’t wait to see again!!

~J. Chandler

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One Response to “GI Joe: Movie Review”
  1. T. Hardman says:

    I was truly impressed with this movie. I was a fan of GI Joe when I was young so I definitely had to go see this. The effects were great, a surprisingly good performance from Channing Tatum. Most of the time I see him in movies I’m thinking, “thank God he’s hot.” As for the Cobra team, they couldn’t have found a better actor for Destro than Christopher Eccleston. Phenomenal performances by the entire cast.

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