We recently went to see the movie G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (or as we like to call it "The Joes"). I was never really a fan of G.I. Joe as a child (I was more of a She-Ra and Jem type of girl) so I admit I didn't really know all the background on the Joes. For instance, up until seeing the film I actually thought that G.I. Joe was a person (you know, a guy named Joe). I never realized that it was, in fact, the code name for America's daring, highly-trained, Special Mission force.
So maybe I'm not the best person to review this particular movie because I can't actually say whether or not it does justice to the original essence of G.I. Joe.
But on the other hand, some might say that the true test of a "reimagining" movie (a movie based on a old favorite comic book, TV cartoon, or you know... toy) is whether or not it can appeal to both the die-hard fans and the novice viewers, like me.
In general, G.I. Joe wasn't bad. It had all the necessarily elements of a blockbuster action flick: hot leading male (Tatum), sexy love interest (Sienna Miller, showing lots of cleavage), black guy sidekick/comic relief (Marlon Wayans) and creepy villain (Christopher Eccleston)... It also had plenty of explosions and fun chases, and lots of ridiculously implausible - but still really cool -hightech weaponry and equipment. Although some of the effects were less-than-perfect.
But then there was the typical annoying cliche action flick stuff: the obligatory scene of a hot woman (Rachel Nichols) running on the treadmill, and of course, a villainess taking a moment to comment on another woman's "cute shoes" because like, all girls totally love shoes! (Also, Miller's outfits were pretty ridiculous. I mean, she looks hot in them and I secretly wish I owned a few... but they're still ridiculous and impractical.)
I did enjoy the role played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt - who we affectionately refer to as "Gordon Three Names" - but I thought that his storyline and twist was pretty predictable. (I won't ruin it for you but I'm pretty sure you'll figure out as quickly as we did.)
Also, there's one major disappointment... Not enough shirtless Channing Tatum in this movie. (We had the same complaint about Fighting. Side note: Thank God we were drunk when we watched that one... talk about terrible movies.) I think there were only two quality shirtless-Channing scenes. That's really just an outrage. When we got back from the theater we felt so deprived of Tatum's chest that we watched She's the Man on DVD.
Based on some reviews I've read, it seems that if you're a die-hard G.I. Joe fan you might not care for the updated characters and story... but if you're just into fast-paced action movies you'll probably like it. It might not be getting any Academy Award nominations but it succeeds at what it is - a fun, silly, action flick. Of course, if you're just going to check out sexy Channing Tatum... you're better off just watching his stripper video on a loop.