The first G.I. Joe movie was stupid. It knew it, its cast knew it and that was its charm. A living breathing cartoon not to take seriously. Mass destruction, guys walking around with names like Destro and Heavy Duty and no one batting an eye, underwater hideouts for the villains. Shit to appeal to little boys. If you weren't into that, fine but for those of us who were, it was bliss.
This time out for G.I. Joe: Retaliation, director Jon Chu and Dwayne Johnson (who this makes no bones of contention to say is the star here) swear this is a different beast, going as far to use the worn-out "reboot" phrase. While it isn't a reinvention of what Stephen Sommers did three years ago, helmer and actor weren't too far off. Same over-the-top set-pieces, gadgets, characters, etc. but this feels different.
And yet the same smile on my face when the trailer is over.