Ok Hasbro owns a piece of my childhood. Both Transformers 2 and G.I. Joe were parts of my youth. Gotta love the 80s cartoons. Now both properties are live action films. Could Jem be the next for the big screen treatment?
I did have reservations about seeing this film, especially since Transformers 2 dropped the ball. In fact, I was downright afraid of seeing zero plot logic AND not being fun. The way Trans-2 turned out to accomplish.
For the record I’m not one of those fans who must have all the characters like they were in the 80s cartoon. If you ever hear me say “Destro was never like that in the cartoon,” please feel free to call me on that!
The creators took many liberties with the characters, and I am for one, glad that they did. Remember how on the cartoon no matter how much shooting they did, no one really hit anything? Imagine if they kept that? That’s a big bowl of blah.
This film is directed by Stephen Summers of (Van Helsing, The Mummy, The Mummy Returns). For what it is, we get a lot of goofy fun based off of toys and a cartoon. My Professor suggests that this type of action film is the descendant of the B-film, but with a better budget. It sincerely is not cerebral, and definitely full of fun.
There are lots of flashbacks in this film. Destro, Storm Shadow, Snake Eyes, Duke, Baroness, & Cobra Commander all get flashbacks. Lots of gap fillers here.
For the record I am such a nerd for the Baroness. Yes I am. No I don’t care that she’s different from the comics and cartoon. I thought Sienna Miller gave the character life.
Marlon Wayans as Ripcord impressed me, as he was able to be funny without going far overboard with the silly. Nice balancing.
See GI Joe if you like fun and goofy films. If you’re down with cerebral films, you REALLY want to skip this one.