Sound Off: Jon Chu's 'G.I. Joe: Retaliation' 3D - What Did You Think?
by Ethan Anderton
March 29, 2013
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? The Joes are finally back! Arriving in theaters after being delayed for almost a year, Paramount has released G.I. Joe: Retaliation in 3D, a sequel to the live-action G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra movie. Jon M. Chu (of "The LXD" and Never Say Never) is directing, with Channing Tatum back as Duke, Byung-hun Lee as Storm Shadow, and Dwayne Johnson joining as Roadblock. This time Cobra takes over the government, but will the Joes be able to stop them? How is this newest action extravaganza? If you've seen it, post a comment with your thoughts on G.I. Joe: Retaliation.
Honestly, G.I. Joe: Retaliation is an absolute blast to watch if you can shut your brain off. It's got plenty of silly action, familiar Joe characters popping up, and some amusing one-liners (though there are still some flat ones). In fact, the most satisfying aspect of the film is director Jon M. Chu finding a solid balance between the comedy and action, which looks surprisingly good in 3D. Channing Tatum and Dwayne Johnson have stellar chemistry and warrant their own film together sometime down the road. Even the villains have some fun taking digs at each other, showing they're each evil smart-asses in their own way.
The action is slick and has a nice blend of practical stunts and fighting to accompany some heavy visual effects. The ninja sequences alone are worth seeing on the big screen, and the Joe mission scenes each have something cool to offer whether it's Flint's nice footwork or some cool tech. The only real downside is some casting that doesn't quite mesh. Bruce Willis doesn't seem to fit in with the crew other than a single recurring joke throughout the film, and RZA is awful as Blind Master, even in a film as exaggerated as this. Meanwhile, Jonathan Pryce had a lot of fun as an imposter president to make for some really entertaining bits and Adrianne Palicki is quite easy on the eyes, so that helps a bit.
What did you think of Jon Chu's G.I. Joe: Retaliation? Kick-ass action sequel or 3D disaster? We will remove any comments that indicate you have not seen the movie, as this area is meant to discuss the film only once you have seen it and can talk about your thoughts. Please keep the comments civilized!