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So is it "Yo, Joe!" or "Oh, no!"? G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra movie review.
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G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra Review
Eric Moro: Hey guys Eric and Chris here and we’re going to be breaking down for you G.I. Joe the Rise of Cobra. So in this live action adaptation of the popular toy, cartoon and comic book series, audiences are basically given an origin story. We see the development of international peace keeping force G.I. Joe and the soon to be terrorist organization known as Cobra. Let’s get right into it.
Chris Monfette: Yeah.
Eric Moro: Let’s talk about the characters and the performances that’s what fans are going to want to know the most about.
Chris Monfette: Yeah, any hardcore fan of Joe is going to find that all the characters that they want to see in the Joe movie are in this movie. You get Heavy Duty, you get Snake Eyes, you get Strom Shadow, and you get Destro you get everybody that you really want. And the thing at the movie, I think does surprisingly well as to give them back stories. And it gives them some sub plots that really allow you to sort of connect with them in a way that I think other movies have not been able to deliver on the summer.
Eric Moro: Right.
Chris Monfette: And I think absolutely the one character that stands out is Snake Eyes and his conflict with Storm Shadow, if you do not have the ultimate sort of stand up in a flaunt “geek” moment when those two come together, you're missing out.
Eric Moro: Yeah. I agree with you 100% on that. I'm also good at say that another standout performance of the film was Sienna Miller’s portrayal of Baroness, she’s really front and center in the film especially her relationship with Duke and how it plays out but she’s just portraying as this really bad ass villainess.
Chris Monfette: Yeah.
Eric Moro: And she does a great job at it. On the flip side, Rachel Nickels performance as Scarlet it’s a little disappointing as she’s not quite as bad ass as she’s made out to be in the animated series.
Chris Monfette: Yeah.
Eric Moro: I think fans are going to be a little bummed by that. But all of these said what about the overall tone of the film because this is after all a cartoon that’s brought to life.
Chris Monfette: Yeah, Steven Summer is the director, I think he does – he was able to do with the Mummy really well which is to capture that sort of the movie feel without sort of pandering to an audience, you don’t have to be eight years old to enjoy this movie but it is absolutely sort of an adult interpretation of something that we enjoyed when we were eight years old. There is a sort of a lot to applaud here and I think Summer has really keeps the action moving. It’s constant and there are not too many places where the movie sort of quiet. And he keeps the cinematography colorful and fresh without ever feeling overly stylized.
Eric Moro: Right, right. Yeah, I mean it’s a lot like the Roger Moore era Bond films. If you come by into in assault on a villain’s moon base, you're going to be fine with this film. So let’s get right to the nitty- gritty. Give us your star rating and your final thoughts.
Chris Monfette: Yeah, we’re going to give it three and a half stars out of five, which believe me surprises us as much as this might surprise some readers. This movie really succeeds in doing what sort of Transformers II fell short at which was to make a great, quick concise action movie with characters that – well they're not Dark Knight level characters, you can relate too and you care about. It is a fun popcorn flick for the summer and I think fans are really going to dig it.
Eric Moro: I'm on a piggy back off for your Transformers comment and I'm just going to outright say that G.I. Joe the Rise of the Cobra is better than Transformers Revenge of Fallen.
Chris Monfette: Yup, absolutely.
Eric Moro: So there you have it and now you know but if you want to know more about G.I. Joe, be sure to check out movies.ign.com.