Cheryl and I went to see G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra this afternoon.  She even suggested it.  After I picked my jaw off the floor, I said sure and checked the matinee times since the kids were with friends.  This must have been her anniversary present to me (we celebrated our 16th yesterday) offering a truly man flick.

I grew up on G.I. Joe.  Had a ton of the action figures, and watched the cartoon.  I specifically remembered the catch phrase for G.I. Joe – A Real American Hero… not an international special operations team. 

Then some nitpicky things… “Captain” Duke wearing major’s rank insignia on his Army dress blues’ shoulder boards.  "Ripcord’s” rank being Staff Sergeant, and yet he was a qualified pilot.  Qualified pilots in the Army would be at least a Warrant Officer or Commissioned Officer.  The last time the Army had NCOs fly was the flying sergeants during WWII, and it was unusual then.  So being former Army I’m amazed that they didn’t bother to have an advisor point these things out to them.

Like I said, I’m nitpicky.  Then I don’t know what was with the ladies uniforms, but huh?  I would imagine that it is pretty universal in any country or any branch of the service that showing off cleavage is not uniform of the day.

The character development left a lot to be desired, in particular the whole “Snake Eyes” and “Storm Shadow” connection.  The special effects were pretty good, but I thought it went too long.  It couldn’t scream “planning to have a sequel” any louder.

All that said, it was entertaining, but I left the theater wondering what is with the parents who bring small children to this.  Definitely not for them.  I mean PG-13 people.

11 comments
  1. I heard the same kind of thing about children at “The Dark Knight.”

    In the 80’s, GI Joe was kids’ fare, so I guess a lot of parents assume that anything with that name must be so. Parents can be stupid sometimes.

    As for the nitpicking … heck, you should sit with my brothers and me sometime. Plucking apart rank insignia and nomenclature protocols is barely the beginning of what we do. (Never, and I mean NEVER, get into a discussion with my older brother about that idiotic first scene from “Top Gun.”)
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    1. @Wickle, Yeah Dark Knight definitely isn’t a kids movie.

      Yeah Top Gun had some problems as well. That is something that really bothers me about a lot of military movies. It would take so little to get it right, but no.

      Black Hawk Down had to be one of the best I’ve seen recently.

  2. Glad you enjoyed it Shane.. at least I think you did 🙂

    Ditto what you said about small kids in movies.

    Where in the Army did you serve? I did 3 years in the Army across the highway from White Sands in New Mexico.. down the highway from El Paso/Fort Bliss.

  3. They have been hyping the movie on Nick for months and my son was all about seeing it. I caved and took my son to see the movie and we both enjoyed it.

    I had low expectations (and I didn’t watch the cartoons) but was pleasantly surprised. It obviously wasn’t the deepest of movies but it was fun.

    As far as the NATO stuff, it was a bit annoying, but I knew that going in.
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  4. The screw up with the rank for “CPT” Duke drove me nuts the entire movie. I’m very glad someone else noticed it.

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