The Film: I did a fairly extensive review of G.I. Joe: Retaliation when I first saw it in theaters, so I’m not going to retread that business. I’m glad it help up in second viewing, though.
And I can admit that G.I. Joe: Retaliation is dumb. The thing is, I don’t find it offensively dumb. I find it enjoyably dumb. Unlike the Transformers films that just make me angry, I can go along for the ride with G.I. Joe: Retaliation. There’s just a few stumbling blocks along the way like Lady Jaye’s line, “I’ll cyber blast an encoded beacon” that will either drive you crazy or just make you laugh at how stupid it is.
The worst parts of G.I. Joe: Retaliation is the long intro before the Joes can start retaliating. While I do appreciate the segments between Duke and Roadblock and they make me appreciate Channing Tatum as Duke when the first movie did not, I’m not really into the frat buddy relationship that these two have. Once the Joe team is dissembled, if you will, then the fun starts happening.
And yes, the film does suffer from not enough Cobra Commander. They were kind of boxed in with the one having all the power not being Cobra Commander. It’s funny that Zartan is still loyal to Cobra Commander when he’s in control.
Despite being dumb, especially the ending where nuclear war wouldn’t work at all like that, overall Retaliation is a solid action flick with some dumb flashiness. I think I would have gone crazy for this movie when I was a kid.
The 3D: Okay so the 3D of G.I. Joe: Retaliation is average. There’s some really great 3D moments, like the ninja mountain top battle, but then there’s other times where the environment looks rather dull. This isn’t the kind of movie that won’t make a convert out of a 3D hater, but it is worth watching. And no, it’s not at all necessary to see the film in 3D. It’s just a nice bonus.
The Final Verdict: If you like G.I. Joe and have a 3D TV give it a spin. I enjoyed the experience and will watch it again in 3D.