I was on my way to a press screening of “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.”
When I reached the multiplex on Manhattan’s famed 42nd Street, I realized the dense and agitated crowd I was wading through was actually the line for the film. The line of people started at the theater doors and wrapped all the way around the block.
I was there to see the film in advance of my interviews with the cast. However, the hopefuls queueing up for what could potentially be a summer blockbuster had only a first-come, first-served shot at seeing the big-screen preview. Only 50 seats would be made available to the general public at the sneak preview, and still there was no guarantee they would actually see the movie.
I enjoy films, but not enough to stand in the New York City heat for more than an hour for the mere chance to see one. I mean, it opens in a few days. But maybe these fans wanted the glory of telling their friends: “I saw the new ‘G.I. Joe’ first.”
Maybe they knew something about “G.I. Joe” that I didn’t? Though there have been tons of ads, the studio has deliberately been stealthy with the film’s advance screenings.
For myself, I thought this “Joe” had better be good. This “Joe” better pack a punch strong enough to make the box office weak in the knees.
I finished my popcorn before the opening titles even began. But it was for the best, because the action never stopped and I really had to focus on it - and star Channing Tatum.
While I cannot give away the details of the film, I will tell you this: It is a story of good and evil, an elite American military group and ruthless terrorists. It has high-tech weaponry and low-brow one liners. It has massive explosions and choreographed fight sequences.
Oh, and something bad happens to the Eiffel Tower. (If you’ve seen the commercials, you know what it is.) It’s got more action than you can wave a machine gun at.
As for the lucky moviegoers who got to see it in advance? They cheered, they screamed, they laughed. I think they got their “Boom Boom Pow” from “G.I. Joe” and from the Black Eyed Peas as the credits rolled.
How about you? Will you go see “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra” when it opens? Post a comment below or share your review at iReport.com.
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that movie was awesome i liked the song during the credits Where can i find that boom boom pow remix?
Ahh, the whining of the G.I Joe Purists. I love it! These are the same folks that cried over Optimus Prime being a Blue and Red Flame Job Peterbuilt! Personally if I had a Prime that looked like that when I was buying these as TOYS, I would have never transformed him once.
Loosen up folks, G.I. Joe had its good point and bad points. I can say that with confidence. I thought the film had a very nice twist with Cobra Commander and Destro.
I liked the newer Military Uniforms and quite a few other things. Yeah, I could have done without the cheesy one liners that is typical of Stephen Sommer's films. I liked his Mummy Flicks, but I think this film should have been another Michael Bay production. Mainly because Mr. Bay did an excellent job with BOTH Transformers films.
I can tell you this, there were too many scenes that were robbed from other films to make this one. The under-sea battle came directly out of Moonraker 007. The desert convoy scene, was directly out of Ironman. The airplane chase directly out of Firefox, in particular using a foreign language to make the plane activate and shoot its weapons.
The airplane they used even looked like the Firefox Jet. Basically a warmed over SR-71 Blackbird. The robot suits looked like they may have been from Starship Troopers with a little Terminator thrown in there.
However, I have to give the film some credit. It kept the action going, and it was definately a CGI Rollercoaster.
All you Purists need to stop whining .......The movie is an homage to us! Not a PURE translation. GET REAL!
How stupid would transformers have looked if you had a literall translation??? Pastels anyone...Outdated vehicles??
GI Joe as a literal Translation would also be just as laughable....Hollywood markets to the masses and as such try to get a story most of us like. Geeks like us are in the minority, but look on the bright side they loved our stuff enough to make a million dollar movie. There could be nothing more flattering than that.
i'd like to ask you. what is the remix of boom boom pow in the G.I joe?
Three words: "Lost In Space". Explosions and a screaming soundtrack can't improve a classic. It's an insult to my whole generation. Imaginary battles with GI Joe in the backyard are better than slapping a shiny wrapper on this crap.
Jack, you forgot the best "Blockbuster" of the year. STAR TREK RULES!!! Q'uapla!!!
i loved the transformers cartoon and gi joe growing up. i want to see it ...i must ask though, i went online to the site and saw no mention of bazooka in the cast list... i saw another commercial last night, and THOUGHT i saw the red/ blue gun fire.... regardless, id love to see gi joe, just for curiousity, as well as the transformers 2( have not seen that yet)
The only "real" G.I. Joe is the original "Fighting Man from head to toe. On the Land, In the Sea Or the Air". We are talking late 60's WWII-era G.I. Joe. No Kung-Fu grip, just barely with "Life-like hair". He had a scar on his cheek, and possibly talked (if you got lucky). He had uniforms for Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. He could be a Medic or frog-man, he even had German, Italian, Australian, British and Japanese uniforms and figures available. You had to be careful pulling off his boots, or the foot stayed in them.
That my friends is the Real G.I. Joe!
::STILL WAITING FOR DISNEY TO RELEASE THE RIGHTS TO STAR BLAZERS::
GI Joe is just another way for Hasbro to sell toys. That being said, I'll go to see it.
Me and my brothers loved watching Star Blazers growing up! Can't wait for that to come out.
It seems like another attempt by Hollywood to be wary of investing in new ideas and to go for the "sure thing" money of using ideas that already have devout followings. How many movies have to be taken from the 80s, or be straight up remakes of already classic films? Have we lost the ability to write new stories? The only live-action G I Joe I need is the one I was acting out with my friends growing up.
>> While I cannot give away the details of the film,
>> I will tell you this: It is a story of good and evil,
>>an elite American military group and ruthless
>> terrorists. It has high-tech weaponry and
>> low-brow one liners. It has massive explosions
>> and choreographed fight sequences.
Oh yeah, I've already seen it. FIFTEEN TIMES in the last
two years ! ! ! I don't need to see the same move again.
Make a new movie, Hollywood, and I'll go to watch it.
I will see it, but it better have Bozuka, Shipwreck and the parrot, Beachhead, Zartan and the Dreadnaughts, the twins, Major Blood, Deepsea, Quickkick, Tunnel-rat, Firefly and the rest of the best, I'll even except Sargent Slaughter and the Frige. I could care less about how HW will mess this up, when have they ever done an adaptation right, it's a given. I have to much stress in my life to get pissed over a movie, but I expect a good F up on this movie. And I'll pay to see it.
What everyone is missing is the fact that this guy was complaining about standing in the "New York summer heat." ......really? Hmmm...try living in Texas, ya dig??
For those of you who claim that G.I. Joe should be silly because its based on something geared for children, just look at Batman. There was a comic book geared towards young readers, yet the newest movies(THANKS NOLAN!) are amazing. There's always a way to make something geared for kids into a well thought out and memorable movie. The bottom line is this: If you have a Wayans brother in your movie, you might as well go straight to DVD.
It's funny the misconceptions that people are operating under here. . .
GI Joe is made up of American soldiers in the US military. They operate under the auspices of the UN so they can do stuff like. . .fight in Paris and stuff. You know. . .legally.
COBRA is a terrorist organization. M.A.R.S., Destro's organization, is the European Arms Dealer. This is true from the comics dating back to the 80's, and even hinted at in the cartoon ("It's G.I. Joe against Cobra and Destro. . ." sung the theme song. Destro was an independent arms dealer. His toy card even said "Destro The Enemy" as opposed to all the other villians whose cards read "Cobra The Enemy."
Destro most certainly does wear a mask. It's even silver, like classic Destro. He just doesn't wear it all the time.
Costumes? Well. . .most of the original Joe figures came in green army outfits (Hawk, Stalker, Bazooka, Grunt, Breaker, etc.). . . the only two in 'costumes' were Scarlet and Snake Eyes. . . Snake Eye's outfit is right on the money. So are Storm Shadow and the Baroness. The rest just traded in the greens for urban camo. There's one scene in the movie where the Accellerator Suits are used. It's no more wonkier than them in space suits or deep sea outfits.
Heck, Zartan can even alter his appearance. . .
But, y'know. . .by all means, judge the movie on your preconceptions, and an inability to let go of your childhood.
I will see it only because Christopher Eccleston is in it.
Christopher Eccleston (the 9th Doctor Who) is playing Destro (one of my all time favorite baddies) not the COBRA Commander. I never liked the COBRA Commander from the cartoon anyway. I always thought Destro would destroy him and take over. Seeing the early release pics of Destro's mask though turned me off however, I am keeping an open mind about the mask (it was a sneak peek and I hope they managed to clean up the image before the movie was released.)
To The First Poster Chad: YOU ROCK!
I completely agree that Hollywood is trying to take what so enjoyable in my childhood and turn it into a horrific CGI mess! I have been collection the collector DVD's and wow the Joes were more awesome than I remembered. And the casting of this movie has already turned me off I love you Marlon but come on really???? Plus I cant stand cant act or dress Sienna Miller she is awful!
I will watch this at the dollar theater like I did Transformers which also SUCKED. My God first you ruined Transformers, XMen i what next MY LITTLE PONY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Can they really do anything dumber than this: Cobra-la-la-la-la-la
Or do people forget the whole Cobra Emporer saga? Football players and WWF wrestlers being made into characters on the cartoon? Major Bludd? Do we really want to see Bazooka chewing gum in his football jersey, acting like a moron, as the "elite" specialist? This may have seemed like a complex world back when we were 10, but I don't think people really remember what we watched.
Go rewatch it on DVD. See the sterotypes. See the silly storylines. See the injection of a new character for a new toy. It HAD to be updated to make a movie you'd be able to sit through 25 years later.
Wow, all this because someone took a cartoon and toy line and turned it into a live action movie. Like it's never been done before, and we all know it has. G.I. Joe was just a matter of time, just like in the '80s when they did the feature length cartoon movies. When I was a kid I saw them in the theaters, and now that I'm a grownup (in name only, never stopped being a kid, really) I'm going to be taking my kids to it.
Transformers was going to be a bomb or a blast, and this one will do the same thing. The first turned out very well done (it was based on a cartoon, get over it!) and I hope Joe follows suit.
To all the "purists" out there, go get the original miniseries that launched the cartoon, actually sit and watch it, and then watch the movie. Bet ya the movie will be better.
My seats are center, 8 rows back from the front.
BTW: it's "YO JOE!!" and as cheesy as it sounds, I'm hoping at least one of them does it, just so my kids look at me weird when I crack up in the theater.
I am stationed on a Marine Corps base and the on base theater showed this as a sneak preview for free. I did not go because it was free though, i went cause I really wanted to see it. The auditorium held a max capacity of 2,000 people and there were still people in line. So I guess the main question is...was it worth it? Hell yes it was worth it. This movie is no doubt worth the money. Its everything you expect from a high action, fighting, and explosive movie. But there was still a very good story line. The relationships between certain characters was very good and the flashbacks to explain them were well represented. The part of Cobra was magnificent as well as snake eyes and the other parts. A whole lot of action and special effects. As far as how well the movie was made, I give it two thumbs up. Great GREAT special effects and nice smooth transitions. It really keeps you on the edge of your seats. There was also a good add of humor and one liners in the movie.
All in all the movie is high action, faced paced and explosive. Has humor and romance. And the story line was nice and smooth.
I give it two thumbs up and reccomend it to everyone!! Worth the money.
Like Transformers weren't toys a movie was made out of?
I'm going to thoroughly enjoy this kicky punchy mind candy block buster this summer!
Um, 2 words... Channing Tatum. I will be seeing the this movie !!
GI Joe was released way before the early 80's. Cobra was introduced in the 80's to sell more toys when they re-released GI Joe again.
The line was launched on February 2, 1964, with a World War II theme (although some of the clothes and other items were actually of Korean-war vintage). The G.I. Joe figures were approximately the same physical scale as Barbie dolls — 12 inches, or 305 mm, tall. There were originally four figures, one to represent each branch of the Armed Forces. Accessory packs (often called "blades" in the toy industry — the "razor" was the action figure and the "blades" were the accessory cards) containing additional gear and clothing were also released.
Unlike Action Man the GI Joe figure did not come with a rifle. Each of the four branches of service had 4 different scenarios that had its own equipment and uniforms. For example a soldier or Marine would have a rifle, web gear, field pack, helmet and other equipment sold separately or in large sets.
In 1965, a black G.I. Joe figure was introduced in select markets.
In 1966, soldiers from other countries (France, Germany, Japan, Australia, USSR and the UK) joined the G.I. Joe line up. A Green Beret figure from Vietnam was also issued in the same year.
A Project Mercury-like space capsule and silver-suited astronaut figure was added to the series.
In 1967, Talking figures were introduced.
As the first preview I saw was playing, I thought to myself, " I didn't realize they were making a Halo movie" I'm sure I will see it, taking it with a grain of salt that all such action movies should be taken with. But I'm still going to roll my eyes. I understand associating it with something from our childhood will boost sales, but if it's not going to be G.I. Joe, why call it that?
What's next, a Carebears movie where the carebears are actually genetically engineered people who run around spreading love and sunshine...only the carebear stare is actually a laser beam that comes from their eyes and they've been trained as elite fighters with kicka** ninja moves to beat the love and sunshine into the terrorists skulls?
What does all of the negative comment have in common; Hollywood has messed up their childhood memories of GI Joe and the Transformers. I also had the action figures and watched the cartoons every Saturday morning, but those days are gone. 5 years ago a walk through a toy store was pitiful. My son was limited to wrestling action figures and pokemon. No GI Joe or Transformers. These movies have generated toys that blow away anything from the 80s and I’m willing to bet your kid will say these CGI movies are way cooler then the old school cartoons.
Childhood memories….yours may have been messed up, but my son’s has just been upgraded.
I just have a feeling this movie is not going to be very good.
yes but I know Hollywood will have ruined my childhood heroes! anything for a buck. Oh, and I like how Hollywood can't come up with anything new so they are poaching stuff from the 80s. what's next the adventures of the Gobots?
Trite cinematic expression after trite cinematic expression...
Hot villain? Check.
No nonsense leader? Check.
Random destruction of reknowned structure? Check.
Shot of ragtag group walking abreast through hangar/burning building/crumbling plot? Check.
No thanks. Way to ruin a childhood dream?
Destro sans mask? We're done here.
There is one item, and one item only that makes this movie suck and the reason no one will go see it, and it could have easily been corrected: COSTUMES.
Knowing is half the battle!
The other half involves lasers.
OMG!! if you people were REAL joe fans you would love this movie for what it is...a movie based on a FN TOY!!!! geez oh adn for all you who are complaining about the Barroness not haveing an accent she NEVER did in the comic! Larry Hama who wrote the comic back in the day even said so the cartoon people added the accent so get you facts right. I for one CANT wait to go see this and plan to have a great time watching it! YO JOE!!!
I grew up playing with the 12" GI Joe figures, my favorite was the one I had to shave with a foam razor and cold water. I had the jeep with the search light that lit up, and had the machine and missile attachments. I know if for nothing else, going to see this movie will bring back those fond memories of me playing soldier in the dirt. Just like when I saw Speed Racer on the big screen.
I'll be happy to see it, eventually. I don't know that I'll go to the theater to see it, but still.
I offer one bit of advice to all who are as disappointed as I am in the fact that this great American icon is now some stupid international fighting force with exosuits – divorce yourself from the thought that it is supposed to be GI (General Infantry – doesn't quite translate into other languages I'm guessing) Joe.
Think of this film as a new fighting force that does not have anything to do with that great cartoon we grew up on. I think we might find it more enjoyable if we play along the lines that the names being the same are merely a coincidence.
Oh, who cares about the plot/CGI/ trueness to the character? All that's important is that Tatum Channing is in it.
id LOVE to see the movie, i grew up watching the cartoon... truth be told, though=id probably have to wait until it comes out on dvd...
What is a 'boom boom pow'? The trailer for this movie is laughably bad.
Let's see, the Joe's work for the UN instead of America, and instead of terrorists COBRA is a European arms dealer? Will this movie include an ending warning us about global warming and the need to deindustrialize (again)? Not for me, I'll pay to watch a movie about GI Joe but not this sham. I hate Hollywood, it's official. They have stolen my childhhood memories in yet another attempt to push their weak political message. I decline to participate.
I'll be seeing it. Christopher Eggleston as Cobra Commander, really nothing more needs to be said.
The G.I. Joe I knew was a Vietnam-Vet, wore camos', and had the Kung-Fu grip. The modern version is an insult and just plain silly; they never should have made the cartoon series...let alone a feature film.
Come on Hollywood...how about some original ideas for once?
Why yes, Dr. AtomicDoom will go see G.I. Joe! Not only am I a fan and child from the 80's, but more than likely I will take notes where (I'm sure) Cobra will fail at global domination! Where Cobra fails, Dr. AtomicDoom shall prevail!!! MWAHAHAHA!!!
...And let's not forget about the butter enriched movie popcorn...that stuff is like crack. :D
It's going to bust the box office this weekend! I intend to take my six grandchildren to see it. Definitely!
Wow, somebody call the waaambulance! Sure, some liberties were taken with the setup, i.e. they are a UN force instead of exclusively American. Perhaps the writers and/or producers thought G.I. Joe should be somewhat revised for the 21st century. That aside, let's try to put things in perspective: nobody is rewriting the Bible here, ladies and gents. It was a kids cartoon based off an action figure product line.
It's simple. If you can't put aside your preconceptions, don't go see it. Getting upset over a movie about a cartoon about a toy is just not worth it.
PS – pork chop sandwiches!
Ummm. . .people are complaining about the accellerator suits? Really? Do you not remember the actual GI Joe from the 80's? They had a guy who couldn't go out into the sun because he turned Green . . . They had laser guns. . . they had robotic little cannons and missle launchers. . . there was a guy who had pink hair and ran around shirtless covered in day-glo paint (along with his twin sister who had a bright pink mohawk). They fought in outer space, and in the harshest depths of the ocean, where giant tube worms tried to eat them.
Heck, in the original cartoon, Cobra Commander tried to escape from Joe forces by wearing a blanket and a basket over his head. . . yeah, that's right: A blanket, and a basket over his head.
THAT'S the GI Joe that made your childhood so sacrosanct. A guy in a blanket and a basket over his head. Who later turned out to be a giant man sized snake that was given human proportions so he could go and take over the world for other snake people. . .
Andy - I happen to hate all you self-professed action film aficionados who automatically dismiss and insult people who deign to say something negative about your beloved movies.
Most people who criticize movies like Transformers don't take issue with the action movie genre, they take issue with BAAAAAAAD action movies. Good action movies don't have to be deep or involve crying. But they do have to keep the audience emotionally vested in what's going on.
The action also should make sense. I don't mean that it needs to be realistic. But you should be able to tell what's going on... the scenes should tell you a story that you can follow. 90% of the trouble with Michael Bay action films is he seems to shoot it the way Nostradamus assembled his prophesies: he threw the pieces into the air and pasted it together however they landed. There's no sense to it... in a different order, the images would tell the exact same story. I fell asleep in Con Air and The Rock (in THX Dolby Surround, no less) because I couldn't make sense of what was going on... just explosion, explosion, gunfight, car chase, explosion, YAWN.
What's wrong with asking for a little quality with your action? Raiders of the Lost Ark, Die Hard, Batman Begins, Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl, and Face-Off are examples of movies with ridiculously unbelieveable premises that are told exceptionally well (though Face-Off still could have used some editing). And they all meet your qualifications: There's little crying in any of them and stuff gets blown up good.
Judging by the trailers and the studio's unwillingness to screen the film up til now, it seems GI Joe is much more like the fast food version of action movies: Transformers, Godzilla and its ilk. There's no craftsmanship to them. They're movies written by committee, assembled by formula, and then put under the heat lamp for hours. Just cuz I don't like McDonald's doesn't mean I hate hamburgers.
I'm an old joe fan. I'm not pleased with the direction the movie is going but I'll see it in a few weeks and make my final opinion. GI Joe is owned by a corporation and corporations do not have sentimentality. They also make poor decisions often. Anyone familiary with the comic book knows that people died (mostly cobras). Is that appropriate for a movie that MUST appeal to a younger audience? If you're not familiar with the comic, you aren't a true fan. Lara Hama, the man most responsible for who the 80's Joes were, had some involvement in the film. I can only hope he did what he could to keep most of us older fans happy.
Also, I'm not happy about the U.N. versus American changes but if you look into Joe history, you'll find that GI Joe's were sold in other countries under different names. I know that there was also a comic in England. I think it was Action Force or something. So America does not "own" the Joes any more than we own Transformers.
I have two sons, ages 12 and 10. Plus a husband, age 43.
I think that answers the question about whether or not I will see this movie. I might not see it in the theatre. But when it's out on DVD, I know I will be subjected to it. In all honesty, it looks like fun.
No way, they didn't even give Cobra commander the right mask! They were worried the hood would look offensive! How stupid can people be?
Forget about this film showing up on IFC. When a movie is based on a cartoon that's based on an action figure what exactly are one's expectations of 'good'? And forget the quaint look of the original cartoon series. Considering the 'Resident Evil'-addled brains of the youth consumer this film is going after I would be stunned if this movie is anything more than one continuous kaleidoscopic explosion. If you want feelings and emotion go watch Days of Our Lives. If you want reality hang out at a McDonald's any given Saturday afternoon.
I'm amused by the comments from people who treat the original cartoon series like some sort of religious text that shall not be altered in any form. Let's face it, that series was no less the vehicle for fueling the purchase of millions of pounds of plastic toys (and cereals far more dangerous than the lasers Cobra were using) than the upcoming movie is. They should have just released the recently animated G.I. Joe: Resolute to the big screen anywho.
This is not G.I. Joe.
It looks closer to what Starship Troopers SHOULD have been than what G.I. Joe was. Nobody who grew up and actually LIKED G.I. JOE is going to be happy with this. It looks so stupid; I don't even recognize any of the characters (save maybe 2 or 3 of them).
I'll probably wait for it on DVD. I'd rather see Hurt Locker. That's closer to the "real action hero" than this movie.
My long time girlfriend ran off with one of the GI Joes after I could no longer afford to pay for her luxuries in this economy. They repossessed the dream house, the dream boat, the house in Mailbu, the Ferrari... That blond bimbo left me completely bankrupt. I wish her good luck trying to buy all those shoes and clothes on a military salary! I will not pay to see this movie as I do not want to indirectly support her lifestyle! Well, I'm off to pay Skipper a booty call!
i could have answered the title of this article in one word: no.
I just have to laugh at all the people upset that they have bastardized the "Original GI Joe", when I grew up with the 70's version of the toys. The cartoon was ok, but the whole line of toys bastardized what I grew up with. The original Joes were started off as soldiers, and eventually grew into adventurers with lots of cool gear. The 80's version started off ok, but with the intorduction of the Emperor and Sgt. Slaughter became a parody of itself anyhow.
Looking forward to Siena Miller – never thought of the Baroness as a sex symbol before but I think this is going to change things.
One question: if (as is expected) this is a total CGI vehicle, then why doesn't Destro have the steel mask? That alone may prevent me from seeing this movie.
In this respect (and several others pointed out above), if they're not going to be faithful to the core tenets of the GI Joe mythos from the early 80s, they probably shouldn't have invoked the GI Joe franchise and just called it something else. Clearly a grab for money, but I suspect the fan backlash, if not imminent, will surface in due course.
That being said, I'd be lying if i said I won't see it, but I may wait until its on-demand or on DVD.
GI Joe is supposed to be an American outfit; not some NATO/U.N./World Rescue/Mulitnational group.
And as to those saying the trailers look like transformers...
Nope, they look more like half-armored Iron Man suits.
I agree with some of the comments. I read Joes comics as a kid and after seeing the movie trailers, it seems the writers have taken away the identity and unique character of the comic heroes. I'll probably go see the Transformers-like version because I enjoy hi-tech, but shame on Hasbro for letting this happen.
Why would 'GI Joe' be a UN team? That's a term for an AMERICAN soldier.
They better just do a good job with COBRA. Especially Cobra Commander. They were always the cool ones.
A major motion picture based on a little boy's toy doll? Are you guys serious?
What's next? Gumby?
not really interested. i'll probably rent it on dvd when it comes out.
Yes, I'm going to go see it. Personally, I like seeing cartoons and comic books of my childhood brought to the big screen, now that we have the technology to do it justice. That being said, I'm also absolutely convinced that Hollywood has simply run out of original ideas. Releasing movies of 80's cartoons (G. I. Joe, Transformers), redoing 70's and 80's horrors (Friday the 13th, Halloween and now Nightmare on Elm Street) and I hear that they're remaking the Karate Kid and Back to the Future as well.
I'm gonna see what kind of reviews it gets. I loved Transformers 1 and Iron Man, etc. so hopefully this would be similar. but let's see how the critics rate it. Looks pretty good though, so why not?!
Keep your minds open damn. A movie is not gonna ruin your childhood memories or whatever just because you played with the toys. Hollywood is going to make money in any way it can, so suck it up and stop crying about a movie on GI Joes. Guarentee there will be movies on Barbie or whatnots.
I grew up as a kid watching the cartoons, collecting/reading the comic books, and collecting/playing with the original toys from the 80s. I read all the furor online over how awful the film is and how is strays from the original source material.
The same thing was said about another toy turned into film franchise a couple of years ago . . . TRANSFORMERS. Look at how that turned out.
The pre-release backlash against GI JOE is intense and the studio knows it. There is so much rumors surrounding the film.
Am I going to see it? Probably . . . just to appease my curiosity of how bad this film will be or perhaps how watchable it may be . . . just like TRANSFORMERS.
This GI JOE IMHO is not our GI JOE of our childhood/youth, but for the new generation of BOOM BOOM POW enthusiasts who wants everything Matrix-ish.
I'll see it as long as it doesn't hit all the PC chords that seems to be required by the studio suits. That means not too many smart, white men, at least one fight scene where a 95 pound woman bests men twice her size in hand-to-hand without getting her clevage out of frame and not too much flag waving – let John Wayne do that in "Sands of Iwo Jima". It's a summer movie for christsakes – not King Lear with Malkovich and Hopkins.
And by the way, all of you know it all it had such deepness and depth, I challenge you to remember one story line about the actually cartoon!! Don't worry I'll wait!! and just so we are clear, re watch the cartoons.. they are deep... for a 7 year old!! its not supposed to have much of a story!! The stories pushed the toys idiots!! And that also applies for transformers as well!!! The only thing that sucked about it was the last half hour was entirely tooo long. I love explosions too, but I really didnt need a half hour of it almost constantly!
gi joe= blue lasers
cobra= red lasers
if that’s not happening, i’m not going.
Hate that they centered the whole thing around Hawk. Don't get me wrong, Gen Hawk was cool and all, but he showed up much later in the whole series. Duke was there from the beginning and was the GI Joe leader (until Hawk showed up).
Also, what about Roadblock. Also what about Flint, Lady J, etc...I could go on....
I'll probably wait for DVD. Had high hopes originally for this, but from the trailers, definitely looks like a Netflixer.
Wow, some of these answers are so bitter! Can Americans even BE entertained any more, or are some of them so sophisticated (in their own minds) that they can' t just sit back and enjoy a movie?
Sure, I'd pay $8 to see it.
Hey it can't be any worse then Masters of the Universe starring Dolph Lundgren. He-man was my favorite cartoon growing up and that movie totally sucked. I'm looking for nothing more than mindless action.
I'll watch it on a saturday when I have nothing to do and it is on HBO and the remote happens to not be working that day. (i have a TiVo no buttons on that thing)
I can't wait to see the movie, I enjoyed both transformers I adn II. Been waiting for GI Joe to come out and now it's here and I'm going to see it.
I wonder if they will remake He-Man or better yet do a She-Ra movie. Yes i'm a 80's kid and enjoyed every minute of it.
this just irks me – when a studio aquires the license of a well-known source (in this case GI JOE) and changes it up. when you do a movie on something already established why change it up? sure modernize it, play up COBRA being terrorists since terrorism is a current topic, maybe modernize their weapons and machinery. but don't change the characters. if someone had an accent in the cartoon – give them an accent in the movie. if Duke was older in the cartoon, don't make Channing Tatum (a guy in his 20's) play that part. if you're too lazy to think of an original movie – hence purchasing the rights to GI JOE – then be faithful to the core elements. don't just cherry pick what you want to keep and think you know better than the people from the 80's. you don't. if you did you wouldn't be hacks trying to make $$$ off of other people's ideas and would be coming up with an original movie.
Thank you Shawn K!!! For Christ's sake people, its a movie based off a toy and cartoon marketed to 4 to 9 year olds!!! Um hello, did you really expect the bridges of Madison County, or some level of deepness on par with Rendition, to make you feel better about the wars you fund!?!? Really? Its meant to entertain the little child in you that loved the fracking cartoon and toys!! I want to see things blown up, I want to see something about team work, and god help me, if there isn't a line in there that goes "And now you know; And knowing is half the battle!!" I'm going to freaking cry!!
I hate all of you supposed film critics that are looking for some deep meaning in a ACTION FILM!!! ITS A ACTION FILM!!!! If you want deep drama, or something that will make you cry, go watch something at the independent film festival! There is NO CRYING IN AN ACTION FILM YOU PANSIES!!! I want it blown up, destroyed and otherwise decimated in as creative a way as possible, complete with something I know I cant see outside a video game!! Just because you played with barbies as a child doesn't mean the rest of us shouldn't appreciate a good good saves the world from the bad guys flick!!
Isn't there enough darkness in reality to allow a little good old sunshine and the good guys win simplicity for a hour or two!! Jeeze you people could screw up a coke and a smile commercial!!
Let's review the "blockbusters" of this year ... X-Men Origins, Terminator Salvation, Transformers 2, and now GI Joe ... Wow, are we living in 1989 or 2009 here, Hollywood?
I have no doubt that this movie will play havok with the "classic" G.I. Joe characters and story. That's already obvious from the trailers and the marketing.
Beloved though it may be, classic Joe has already run it's course. It's sad, but it's true. Those days are gone, and nobody misses them more than I. It's high time for a new set of heroes, villains, and adventures.
This movie is a chance for the next generation of kids (like my little boy) to get in on the fun. I say, bring it on!
How I decide to see a movie is dependent on whether I think I'll enjoy seeing the movie more in a theater than spending the same time playing with my dog. 90% of the time, the dog wins. But "GI Joe" will see my patronage as soon as it moves to my local dollar theater.
I'm all for summer fun and watching movies that are all about the action. But even I have my limits. G.I. Joe's in CGI jumping over missiles? I agree with Chad, they are gonna ruin a good thing with this bootleg movie.
And Marlon Wayans? Spare me. I'm not watching this garbage. Like I said, I'm all about summer movie's. But this movie is going to be a waste of time.
I grew up on G.I. Joe, and watching this will just ruin it.
Seriously people? This one movie is going to ruin your childhood? Puh-lease...
Back when Joe was a cartoon, besides the cool characters, they had high tech machines and lasers... a tad futuristic, no? So why not make this generation of Joe technology more futuristic with the weapons, armor, etc etc?
Seriously, some people just get too amped up over something they aren't being forced to experience.
As for me... yeah, I'm going to try and see it. It it's good, great! If it's not, then hey, I took the risk and here's hoping my childhood stays intact! ;-)
I'll see it. Just as soon as it shows up online. Pay theater pop corn prices? Is this a trick question?
Sounds like Transformers 1
You're all too funny. Reading your complaints about the movie and how they tarnished what you remembered about the GI Joe of your childhood reminds what my brother was syaing to me in the 80's. The GI Joe of his youth was just 1 guy, a 12 inch action figure that was basically a super soldier and could go anywhere do anyhting. Now that would have been a better movie... of course there were a hundred like it in the 80's already... nevermind
I plan on seeing this. I'm taking my 5yo son. Our family loves explosions and violence. After the movie we'll go home share a beer and watch some MMA.
The movie previews look TERRIBLE. GI Joe's were not high-tech fake people! This looks like a movie where they tried to use as many special effects as possible because the movie sucks (like Transformers).
Why do I want to see a 'UN' fighting force? Really? G.I. Joe is an 'AMERICAN HERO'!...hollywood just does not get it. The fans of this franchise are all adults by now, and they are trying to fool us into thinking it is a 'big screen' edition of one of our favorite cartoons growing up. I love how we must be sensitive to all the panzies in the world so we don't anger them. Thanks Hollywood for ruining a good opportunity to have a great action flick. Why am I not surprised?
I, for one, will not see this movie as it is obviously an ultra-action flick with an incoherant jumble of explosions and fight sequences. As another commentor pointed out, it looks more like Transformers 3 than anything else. Growing up with GI Joe, I was highly anticipating this movie but it is not what I was hoping for by any means. This movie will likely be panned unmercifully by critics and will only be enjoyed by adult simpletons and children under age 13.
As someone who was able to see the advance screening, this movie delivered. It was WAAAYY better than I expected. The addition of Marlon Wayans did not, I REPEAT, DID NOT hurt the movie, and that too was unexpected.
gi joe= blue lasers
cobra= red lasers
if that's not happening, i'm not going.
Can't wait to see Siena Miller in that very HOT skin-tight outfit.
I will not go see it. I would have looked at it but it is UN force not an American force. I am very tired of Hollywood goody-goodies changing wholesome America into some global goof. This is like some one world political statement to attempt a decrease in the nationalism inherent in loving one's country.
Looks like a horrible tradgedy. I mean....WHY? With all the technology, etc, they could have NAILED a G.I. Joe movie. Instead, we get some soldier power armor transformer wannabe vs. a pseudo evil group? COME ON! This is going to suck like the American Godzilla. That was a HORRID movie that should have NEVER carried Godzilla's proud name.
What a joke. the whole POINT of G.I. Joe was that they all had their specialties and they played to that and worked with each other's strengths and weaknesses. Power suits. Bleh. FAIL!
Did anyone lese notice that no part of this article included an actual review? He went to see it, there was a long line, it was an action movie.... No comment on if the movie was good or bad? Could it be owned by the same company that owns CNN and suck so bad that any honest review would hurt it? Or is this writer really this bad, that he can push out an article that says exactly nothing?
Of course will see it! many times! why would you make fun of a movie with toy soldier and they are making movies on comic book heros, transformers, etc.! Get over YOUR self! Dont ruin it for the rest of us that have been waiting for this since our childhood when we actually watched the show originally. I wonder if you should have ages on here with comments, cause the new teeny boppers wont get it like who grew up in the 80's and watched what was out then, not now....good job with the movie! keep it up!
Only if Sgt. Slaughter is in it...
On one hand, Hugo Weaving is Destro, on the other ther is no shrieking Cobra Commander. I still have yet to decide.
Anyone remember a movie from the 80s called MegaForce?
That's what this looks like, only with two hot women, ninjas, and the invisible dude from Heroes.
I'm not seeing it. I watched G.I. Joe on TV. I played with G.I. Joe toys. And I submit, that this is no G.I. Joe!!!
I have to see it to judge, but from the trailers it looks about as good as "Stealth" and other military-action movies... in other words... not so good. They should have dialed down the power armor bit.
When I first saw the previews for this movie, it appeared as though whoever was making the movie had never actually seen anything having to do with Joe other than a list of character names and a short bio about them. I promise I am not a fanboy or anything like that.... but it really bugs me when directors/producers make a generic movie and then throw a name people know on it to get pub.
I love reading all the comments from all these people who are stating how horrible the movie is, but haven't actually seen the film.
Not that I put much stock in opinions from people on the internet anyway.
GI Joe was about somewhat 'normal' soldiers who kicked evil ass WITHOUT CGI suits. Real American Heroes! But maybe these movie excutives must not know, and afterall, anyone can tell you that 'knowing is half the battle'! GO JOE!
This doesn't even sound like a review or that the guy even saw it. Kind of like the 80% positive reviews it's gotten at rottentomatoes.com. They all sound like rewrites of the same person's review. Where are the "real" critic reviews at for this film?
Chad Halvorsen August 4th, 2009 11:06 am ET
No I will not go see it. It should of been a story of a rag-tag group of military personnel fighting evil with lasers. Now it’s a CGI mess that turns the G.I. Joes into mini-transformers.
Here’s two questions… Where the hell is shipwreck and why does Hollywood want to ruin my childhood.? My adult life is a terrible waste but my childhood actually meant something.
Are you alright?? That is a depressing message dude. (LOL)
It will be cool to see it. That's one of my favorite childhood cartoons. Might as well see that when Spiderman and the Hulk have already come out and gone. I wasn't a spiderman fan as a child, but the movies were outstanding. Loved the Hulk. Now GI Joe, I feel spoiled again. Not to mention that this is an unembarrasing way to be a kid again.
Heck yes. I'll see it.
While watching the TV ads, I couldn't help but think of this as a live action version of Team America: World Police, without the satire.
I think it looks horrible. As far as I can tell it has zero to do with the original GI Joe. It just looks like a horrible train wreck.
I doubt I'll go see it. I knew I wouldn't when they took the title the "Greatest American hero" off and made the joes a part of the U.N. Ummm, No. This movie didn't need to be CGI heavy at all. The joes are the best of the best from all the U.S. military branches and they fight COBRA the most well funded terrorist organization ever! (I always wondered where cobra got their funding from. They had some cool stuff). The iron-man like exo-suits? what?
Hate how hollywood can take a simple premise and alot of pre-existing source material people love, which is why they watched the show in the first place and feel a need to change it.
Get a life chad and stop playing with dolls.
why does Hollywood want to ruin my childhood????
Man that line is sooooooooo Phantom Menace, get over it
It looks nothing like what the original represented, completely ruined by CGI, just like that abomination Transformers...
I want to see if it is a decent translation of the characters I grew up with. I hope they go into the COBRA angle a bit and if Destro is in it. Cobra always had the coolest guys...They play up Storm Shadow and Snakes Eyes a bit, but wheres Firefly?
Lighten up, Chad. It's just a movie.
Amen, my brother!. I feel your pain
Yes. I'll go see it. I love action movies and grew up on these cartoons. I just hope they give it the dignity and depth that the original series deserves. Shows like these should be treated with respect. Now you know... and knowing is half the battle.
I won't go see it either.
Why did it even need to be GI Joe? Apparently Hollywood has decided that somehow more people will see something if they are nostalgic about it. From the trailers and previews I have seen, this movie has nothing to do with the original GI Joe.
Chad, I do hope your last sentance was in jest.
I'll go see this film, because I'm that much of a geek. Though I have concerns, some of which Chad states. And Baroness without the accent? Downright sacrilegious, if you ask me.
I will definately be there. I think the previews look awesome. I can not wait to see the Paris chase. Rachel Nichols and Sienna Miller fight it out as well as Storm Shadow (my favorite action figure) vs. Snake Eyes will also kick a$$.
Uh, from what I've read from interviews with the director, GI Joe isn't a "Real American Hero" in his movie, it's a secret NATO outfit.
Hell yes I'm gonna see it. I am a TRUE Child of the 80's!
Joes as mini-Transformers. I think you're onto something Chad. I heard the third Transformers movie could involve minicons.
I agree, they changed the entire premise. the "Joes" were really diverse individuals and each was a specialist in their field.
Absolutely not. They took something special and fun and made it generic and formulaic. The only resemblance to G.I. Joe is the names of the characters. I may watch it on DVD, if I am drunk but not before.
It looks so stupid that I'm shocked Michael Bay didn't direct this. 8 year olds and those with no standards might enjoy it.
Only if there's a PSA after the credits
Look, let's get real for a moment. Don't go see this movie, or Transformers or any other Summer Blockbuster if you're out there looking for some deep substance. This is NOT SUNDANCE! I love the idea of giant robots that explode & destroy things, or huge cosmic events that are out of our control.GI Joe is RIGHT up that alley! It's large, explosive & loud.
Get over yourself. if you don't like it, don't pay the money. There are plenty of us out there looking for the escapism & are willing to pay. Not every film has to be some peice of emotional art that rips your heart out or leave you feeling some disturbed emotion. Some things can just be good, easy fun.
Was it good? Is that a dumb question to ask someone who saw it?
I do not know if I will be seeing this or not. Based on the previews if I am expecting the awesomeness that was the Joe when I was a kid, I will be disappointed. Firstly, Duke was a wise veteran of the military not some 20 something kid and lastly....Marlon Wayans really?
Hellz ya I will!!! in my mind im allready there waiting in line! LOL =)
Everytime I've seen this film previewed in theaters the aydience giggle. I mean really....a film based on a toy solider? What's laughable is it's liek Team America: World Police was a spoof in advance...even has the Eifel Tower destruction. One smart move: the GI Joe force is U;N, not USA. God knows we don;t to tick off international viewers with a Bush-era foreign policy gestalt.
No I will not go see it. It should of been a story of a rag-tag group of military personnel fighting evil with lasers. Now it's a CGI mess that turns the G.I. Joes into mini-transformers.
Here's two questions... Where the hell is shipwreck and why does Hollywood want to ruin my childhood.? My adult life is a terrible waste but my childhood actually meant something.
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