Mushroom Soup For The Pixelated Soul
I managed to catch G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra last weekend, and came out highly entertained. To echo what other critics have said, the movie doesn’t try to focus on looking cool and lure in different demographs (ala Transformers), but spends more time on being cool and giving the fans what they want. It’s a big dumb summer action movie, but the difference here is that it knows it’s a big dumb summer action movie, and decides to run with it. The movie is very faithful to the original cartoon, only jacked up with a lot more explosions, cool hi-tech weapons, and some good old ultraviolence (it even features an exploding head, not something you see often in a PG-13 film).
Despite many people predicting that Snake-Eyes would be the show stealer (and unsurprisingly, he does kick ass), my pick has to go to Storm Shadow, who had more ninja screentime and never once took a break from kicking ass. Second choice goes to Cobra Commander, who despite having a different role than he did in the comic or cartoon (even fans of camp value must agree that a used car salesman going postal isn’t the coolest bad guy origin story out there. As for the cartoon….well let’s hope we never have to hear “Cobra-La” mentioned again) is every bit the manipulative, scheming snake that represents one of the alltime greatest villains, and whose third act schemes make the wait for G.I. Joe 2 a long one.
Got another batch of reviews ready, including one I did a month ago but forgot to link (Crimson Gem Saga). This week I plan to have Turtles in Time: Re-Shelled up, and I’ve got yet another game to add to the pile (Splosion Man). I can only hope I’ll have the opportunity to review Batman: Arkham Asylum, which won me over in last week’s demo for flawlessly nailing down the Batman feel and setting.