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[film] G.I. Joe: Retaliation - badgerblog
April 7th, 2013
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[film] G.I. Joe: Retaliation
Last Wednesday maegwynn and I saw G.I. Joe: Retaliation at Mission Valley. She'd had a stressful week and wanted something in the big dumb fun category, preferably with lots of explosions.

Dialogue as die-cast as the action figures the movie is based on. "We're going to find who did this. And we're going to kill him." Somehow I doubted Dwayne Johnson was going to bake him cupcakes. Cobra Commander saying to one of his senior henchmen in his world domination empire "You're out of the band." as his firing notice just sounded way off for the character.

Lots of ninjas. One of the ninjas wears an all-white outfit. In the early 1980s when the lead character in Enter the Ninja wore all-white against a horde of black-clad ninjas we decided the reason must be that he was so good at stealth that he wore all-white as a handicap, a show-off move to perfect his skills. This was before Chuck Norris taught us that Good Guys Wear Black.

Bruce Willis has a great interior decorator. RZA had much better parts in Afro Samurai and The Man with the Iron Fists. (Especially The Man With the Iron Fists.) Cobra Commander's visor has two fang silhouettes in his visor view - just in case he forgets who he is.

Shrug. You're watching a movie based on action figures. Criticizing it is sort of missing the point. If you're there, enjoy the movie for what it is.

Spoiler-containing comment on the film about what a friend would like to see in a GI Joe sequel

http://followgreg.com/gregoryng/2013/04/06/yo-joe-10-things-i-hope-for-the-next-gi-joe-movie/


trailers:

Star Trek: Into Darkness - I'm just here for Benedict Cumberbatch. May 17.

Iron Man 3 - May 3. Ben Kingsley.

The Wolverine - July 26. Lots and lots of ninjas.

World War Z - new trailer, still using the DUUUHHN DUUUHHN music similar to the music in the Prometheus trailer. Haven't read the books yet so I don't have "it's going to be a terrible betrayal of everything important in the books" prejudgement going on yet.

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