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.

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