So last week I had posted links to some major site reviews for the G.I. Joe: Retaliation film… but as a G.I. Joe fan, shouldn’t we care more about what fellow G.I. Joe fans think? Aren’t our peers even more important than the main stream critics?
To that end, I’m stealing a page from JoeBattleLines’ book and posting some links to other community sites that have posted reviews of G.I. Joe: Retaliation. It’s a great exercise to cruise around the web and see what others thought. In many cases the reviews match mine, but in some cases they certainly do not. Check them out below:
Pretty neat to see what other fans think of the film… certainly more opinions to come!
Well, to be fair, there are only 8 reviews so far.
And to be fair, when Rise of Cobra launched, it had great Rotten Tomatoes ratings after a few days as well. So trying not to get hopes up too much, but currently, after 8 reviews, the Rotten Tomatoes rating for G.I. Joe: Retaliation is at 88% with reviews being by and large quite glowing and positive. I do fully expect this to change over the coming days, but so far out of the gate, I like what I see.
Check out the latest Rotten Tomatoes ratings right here.
I just posted the link to Mike Ryan’s article saying that no real reviews have gone up yet, but then bam! We suddenly have a few reviews. I have posted some links below to check out these reviews, although keep in mind, there are some spoilers throughout. I have put the review scores in parentheses next to the link so folks can get an idea of the response without actually risking spoilers.
Reaction so far, among these critics, remains mostly positive. It will be very interesting to keep watch on this as the next few days go on, as more and more reviews from various advanced screenings start getting posted.
There is a RottenTomatos spot for G.I. Joe: Retaliation as well, with the above three reviews linked to it, but not enough to yet build a “consensus”. That should change over the next few days!
While we don’t appear to have any mainstream reviews of G.I. Joe: Retaliation yet, we’ve seen some quick-hit response from Larry Hama on Facebook, and now Mike Ryan, Senior Entertainment Writer for the Huffington Post has put his .02 out there as well.
In all fairness, I need to mention that Mike Ryan is a G.I. Joe nerd, and is specifically a Larry Hama comic fan, so he’s “in the trenches” with us so to speak. He’s not a true outside person reviewing the film on its merits alone. But he has some really great perspective and I truly hope his reaction matches the reactions of many other people who go see the film.
Check it out over on the Huff Post Blog.
There are few people who’s opinions I would respect more on the subject of G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero than Larry Hama. As the architect of the entire run of vintage Marvel Comics, and a healthy share of the action figure filecards, Mr. Hama has had his fingers in the G.I. Joe realm for more years than many people have been alive. He’s often said that he based all of these characters off of real people and as such they are like friends and family to him, and he takes their representations pretty seriously.
Larry had a chance to see G.I. Joe: Retaliation tonight, and he has posted his opinion on his Facebook page.
By and large, it sounds like Larry really enjoyed the film. He kindly refrained from posting spoilers, but he spoke about the characters, the plot, and how he felt the cast and crew did taking what were pretty much his personalities and personas and putting them to film. He approved of the actors for the most part, and applauded the “physical action with people” rather than an over-abundance of CGI. It seemed like a very honest, thoughtful, and real perspective on the film.
There will be folks out there who say he’s probably “shilling” for Paramount, but I’ve known Larry for many years. I consider him a friend. That’s really not what he is. He’s very much a “tell it as he feels it” kind of guy, and if this is what he put out there, this is how he feels, and I think many G.I. Joe fans will sleep better over the next 9 days considering the words he put down.
For folks who aren’t on Facebook, or who aren’t Friends with Larry, I’ve pasted the full text of the review after the “Read the Rest of the Story” link below. I think folks should check it out.