Could something that looks so uninspired and over-the-top actually be GOOD? Possibly.
In case you have been living under a rock since at least its hugely-hyped Superbowl trailer earlier this year, you are probably well aware that there is a live-action adaptation of G.I. Joe set to bow pretty soon called G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. The film, which is set to kick off the last push of the summer movie season on August 7, appears to look like it was born of an unholy alchemy of John Woo films and Van Damme's craptacular Street Fighter. While there are surely legions of cynics who are anxious to stamp the film with a giant "FAIL," it just may have fooled us all.
Ain't It Cool News guru, Harry Knowles was able to catch an early screening, and he actually seemed to like what he saw.
"I was expecting this movie to be far more jokey, tons of cheese and really serious eye-rolling while groaning. Instead, what I got was a fairly straight adaptation of the script, which I always thought would work as a serviceable all-ages GI JOE movie. Although, this is a bit more violent than I was expecting. Blades can cut, death does happen in this universe, but it isn’t anything out of whack with the rating. I don’t believe there’s any foul language – and all flirtation is kept in very good tastes (ahem, BAY!)"
I wasn't expecting the film to be a couple jokes a minute, but this is actually big surprise. While those of us outside of the circles are not familiar with the script, it seems that it could have easily fell victim to cornball, tongue-in-cheek performances and direction. Apparently, it has not.
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