Friday

G.I. Joe: Retaliation and shallowness

I’ll admit that I watched the movie “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.” I didn’t enjoy it, though, not even as a guilty pleasure. Admittedly part of me watched the series because I have somewhat fond memories of the Larry Hama-scripted comics from back in the day and watching the old cartoon show. Even by those standards, I didn’t enjoy the flick. Part of me blames it on Stephen Sommers, the director and one of the writers of the movie. Considering that Sommers’ last two films were “The Mummy Returns” and “Van Helsing,” I should stop being surprised the movies he helms are really bad.

I think Joseph Gordon-Levitt is one of the best actors of his generation. I think Marlon Wayans is a criminally underrated actor. Sienna Miller is great. I love most of the cast–Dennis Quaid, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ray Park, Said Taghmaoui, Christopher Eccleston, Arnold Vosloo, Jonathan Pryce. Despite this, I still didn’t enjoy it.

So I watched the trailer for “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” when I was told that it used the White Stripes song “Seven Nation Army” and honestly I think I enjoyed that trailer more than the first movie.

One of the reasons I enjoyed the initial trailer, and the subsequent one, would have to be the addition of Adrianne Palicki to the cast. As anyone who watched “Friday Night Lights” knows, Ms. Palicki is a fabulous actor. I would have liked to see her play Wonder Woman, though the script for the pilot was uneven. I also enjoyed her in the movie “Women in Trouble.” Admittedly it’s not so much her acting talent that captured my attention as it was the fact that she’s stunningly hot on the poster.

I feel very shallow.

Of course I know that I’ll also see “Wrath of the Titans”–even though “Clash of the Titans” was horrible, really horrible, barely coherent–solely because Rosamund Pike is in the sequel and she’s always great and will hopefully class up that nonsense.

Like I said. Shallow.

Anyway, I'll see it. Maybe I'll enjoy it. Odds are it won't be the worst movie I've ever seen. Hell, the odds are good it won't be as bad as the first one...

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