Tuesday, December 13, 2011
A Real American Hero!
Most of those original cartoons look like crap to me, now. The 2005 re-incarnation of He-Man is cool, though, and I own it on DVD. The one I always wanted to like, but still can’t get into, is G.I. Joe. I had some of the toys, and I played my own stories out. But, instead of leading me to the cartoon, they lead me to Mack Bolan, and so my military action fix was in the Executioner series, and some of the knock-offs.
Then Hollywood brought G.I. Joe to the big screen in live-action. And I liked it quite a bit. The first film was a little hokey maybe, and definitely aimed at the nostalgia crowd, but still a fun ride. Now, there is a second one coming out. And this one features Dwayne Johnson. For those who don’t know, I LOVE Dwayne Johnson. I think he is amazingly talented for what amounts to a jock-turned-actor. He has a terrific sense of comedic timing, an amazing screen-presence, and is just fun to watch.
So, when you put him in a G.I. Joe movie with a rather dark and sinister plot…well, this is just good action movie-making, in my opinion. In this, the first trailer for G.I. Joe: Retaliation, we are treated to some really good visuals, the promise of some superior action, and even a surprise star at the end. I got giddy when that part showed up…
Between this, Expendables 2, and The Avengers, I am excited about movies again.
And now I wish I could play a military action RPG…