If you’ve spent any time on a social network lately you’re most likely familiar with the “Which character are you?” Zimbio quiz. These “highly scientific” and “carefully formulated” exercises are designed to give an accurate assessment of the quiz-taker’s personality– helping them to gain true insight into who they really are.
Or, they could just be a lot of fun. I’ve taken it twice and have ended up with Joes both times although many of my Facebook friends are coming up “Zartan.” Still no Gung-Ho, however…
It’s time for the final image in Twitziller‘s fantastic “40 Reasons to be Excited for G.I. Joe Retaliation” series with the best reason of them all – G.I. Joe!
Some things just speak for themselves. When Larry Hama first introduced Joe Colton into the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero title I was floored! It was the first honest attempt to draw a connection between the world of the 12″ Joes and the Adventure Team and the 1:18 ARAH era. In a flawless move, Larry gave a name to the 12″ Adventure Team Commander and made him the inspiration for the then-current team. Brilliant!!!
When Jon M. Chu and his team set out to cast the movie there was one name to which they looked to bring such an iconic character to life: Bruce Willis. No other American actor today has the presence, cinematic history, and attitude to bring General Colton to life– even if he doesn’t have “life-like hair and beard.” Bravo, team. Bravo.
Now we’re at the end— G.I. Joe Retaliation is now in theatres. So, quit lolly-gagging around looking at your computer and go out and see the movie already! Yo Joe!!
A HUGE thanks to Twitziller for all of his hard work in crafting these images. We’ve never met, good sir, but when we do the first brew is on me.
Honestly this is a tricky one to write up because it’s not really overtly featured in the film. The Battle Kata Roadblock figure showcased the full extend of the variable weapons system wielded by Roadblock rather effectively. It’s a dynamic concept and one that can offer a soldier in combat more options than they can shake a stick at. Plus, it’s hard not to look at the image above and think just how cool that pistol is.
Check out the rest of Twitziller’s series of images below. Tomorrow is RETALIATION DAY!!!
In film, lighting is one of the myriad tools available to a director to paint a scene. In the black and white era, it provided a necessary contrast and was used to place subtle emphasis on a particular element. In G.I. Joe Retaliation, lighting plays a crucial element in framing the scenes. With action set during the day and the night, how light plays across the various elements will set mood and tone. Audiences will see how effectively it used in just a few days.
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Lady Jaye became an essentially part of my personal G.I. Joe universe with her first appearance in G.I. Joe: The Revenge of Cobra! Debuting at the same time as her paramour Flint (as well as Shipwreck, Mutt, etc), the Covert Operations specialist proved herself to be smart, capable, and more than a little sassy! She was the kind of strong confident female that brands like She-Ra aspired to have. Whereas the female characters in Rise of Cobra were portrayed in relation to other mail character, G.I. Joe Retaliation shows Lady Jaye as an extremely strong and capable addition to the team. She’s a qualified marksman as well as a master of covert operations and infiltration and, if the trailers are any indication, Adrianne Palicki brings her to life with the respect the character deserves!
A properly choreographed fight sequence is very much akin to an intricate dance. The individuals involved flow and shift with each other’s moves to form a seamless piece that is more effective than the sum of its parts. As a long time fan of martial movies, I’ve seen this time and time again– both in the films and in the interviews that accompany them on DVD. However, the same can also be said for action sequences in general in film– they’re all about motion. It’s what separates a film from other visual media like comic books. The effective use of movement enhance a scene where as too much motion can utterly destroy it. (Anyone remember the motion-sickness inducing car chase as the end of the Bourne Supremacy?) Director Jon M. Chu seems to employ motion effectively in the clips we’ve seen thus far– keeping his camera perspectives steady for the most part while letting the visual focus be on the actors and the subjects of the scenes. The audiences eyes are draw to the motion of the film, not the motion of the camera trying to capture the action and the result looks like it will be a visual feast for the eyes.
It’s good to see the G.I. Joe brand being treated in such a respectful fashion rather than as a “live action kids cartoon” this time around.
Check out the rest of Twitziller’s images below as the countdown to G.I. Joe Retaliation continues!
Let’s face it- Cobra Commander looked ridiculous in Rise of Cobra. His mask, seen on screen for all of 5 minutes, resembled a silver bed pan more than anything he’d ever worn before. Thankfully the production designers this time paid attention to the source material and the incredible Retaliation Cobra Commander was born. Now if they can just erase that whole “Rex Lewis” garbage from existence.
As a kid, I had a core group of favorite Joes– and the center of the group where Gung-Ho and Roadblock! In some ways they were the Riggs & Murtaugh, Butch & Sundance, . On of my favorite stories featuring them was in Marvel Comics G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero vol 1 #39 – #41 which involved a mission to Sierra Gordo. Two of my favorites were front and center– what’s not to love?!
When it came time to play one of the largest Joes in the sequel film, Paramount went to one of the biggest names in entertainment – Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. It’s a brilliant move as who else would be able to wield the giant M2 (as seen above) and yet still exude the charisma to play the team’s resident heavy machine gunner and chef? The Rock brings with him not only a fan base but a strong confident portrayal of a fan-favorite character with the action-hero chops to back it up. Seriously– the casting director should get one heck of a Christmas bonus for this!
I just want to say “it’s about time!” Growing up as a young Joe fan I always had a soft spot for the tanks of the toy line. The MOBAT, the Mauler, the HISS– these were the things of legend in a kids military toy line! When G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra debuted in theatres the final act of the film featured CGI submarines fighting in CGI water with CGI sinking ice. Yawn. This time around, we’re seeing some real tanks (at least the Ripsaw) in a REAL tank battle! It’s the kind of final that kids played out time and time again in their back yards with their own toy tanks. This time, however, it’ll be exploding on the big screen and that’s just fine with me!
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To call this thing a motorcycle is a misnomer as it appears to be “a collection of missiles that Firefly just happens to ride.” Seriously– this thing is off the hook insane! Sporting a Cobra logo (which is more than can be said of almost anything in the first film) and a wicked pair of machine guns, you’d think that this two wheeled craft was finished and ready for the streets. Nope, someone at Cobra decided that the guns weren’t lethal enough and side-mounted launchers were just too passe. You’d think this bike was assembled by the Techno-Vipers of the Alexx Shorts series of reviews!
Retaliation drops in 10 days. Seriously– after all of the initial waiting and then the 9 month delay we’re now looking at 10 days. How can you not be excited about this?
Check out the rest of Twitziller’s “40 Reasons to Be Excited for G.I. Joe Retaliation” images below: