G.I. Joe: Retaliation – Quick thoughts and screen caps

How can I possibly compose any “quick thoughts” about that 2:50 masterpiece of editing I’ve now watched about a dozen times tonight?  It’s going to be difficult.

Was it what I was expecting?  No.  Was it awesome?  YES.  I love the fact that they unleashed an almost full three minute trailer on us to start things off, rather than a 30 second Super Bowl tease.  Even for being an almost 3 minute trailer, it was crammed full of characters, action, fantasy, and most importantly… spirit.  The general themes and feel of G.I. Joe: A Real American hero can be somewhat intangible.  As ridiculous as it sounds for a children’s cartoon and toyline, I think to achieve the essence of G.I. Joe, you need to find that right balance between science fiction, fantasy, and hard-edged military action.

This trailer did that.

From the high energy ambush in the desert, to the high-flying ninja battle in the mountains, it’s immediately obvious that this film is going to try and cover several different bases all in one shot.  It’s going to try and overshadow and cast aside Rise of Cobra, and it’s going to try to reinvent the property without really “rebooting” the property.  The best of both worlds.

I find myself a bit shocked by some of the choices made, such as the potential deaths of Duke, Scarlett, and the rest of the Rise of Cobra cast, but that feeling is quickly forgotten in a hail of 50 caliber gunfire (from a Ma Deuce no less!) clashing swords, and Cobra FREAKING Commander.

This is no Cobra Commander in a goat-mask wannabe.  This is Cobra FREAKING Commander.  The minute you see him, you know who it is, and that is beautiful.  Something the original film was lacking in a big way.  My first impression?  WOW.  Upon 13 viewings?  Still WOW.  Even as I combed through the trailer to grab over 75 screen caps, I kept on having to watch segments over again, a big smile spreading my lips.

Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, Jon Chu, Dwayne Johnson, Ray Park, Elodie Young, Bruce Willis, Ray Stevenson, Lee Byung-Hun, Adrianne Palicki, DJ Cotrona, and many others too numerous to name…  thank you.  Thank you all.  Even at just brushing up against 3 minutes, memories of The Rise of Cobra seem to be fading away, replaced by energy, enthusiasm, and pure excitement over what’s to come.  Well done.

As I said, I gathered together over 75 screen caps…they’re not gorgeous, but hopefully they at least capture some of the imagery and some of the coolness of this trailer.  Off to watch it again.

So, G.I. Joe: Retaliation Trailer hitting in 60 minutes. Where to find it?

I’ve seen this question asked throughout the online fandom today, so figured I’d toss up a post just in the nick of time to get folks up to speed.  We all know the Trailer is hitting at around 7:30pm Eastern.  So where do we go?

  • G.I. Joe Movie UK on Facebook – This site has advertised an “Exclusive” launch at 12:30am UK time.  This is GMT, which is 5 hours ahead of us here on the East Coast.  Thus, that time = 7:30pm Eastern.  The link there should take you directly to the video launch.
  • Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s Twitter Account – A rep Tweeted yesterday that The Rock would reveal an “Exclusive” look at the G.I. Joe: Retaliation trailer.  Time unknown.
  • Entertainment Tonight – The nightly entertainment show has advertised a “look” at G.I. Joe: Retaliation footage tonight, though no specific information about the trailer was given.
So there you are.  Now you know…

Ten Reasons to be optimistic about G.I. Joe: Retaliation

I’m sure eventually you guys will tire of my constant posts about G.I. Joe: Retaliation, but let’s face it, with the film coming out next June, there’s going to be a lot to talk about over the next six months.  As always, you can expect me to be on top of everything as it happens.

The rocket shots of social media updates, interaction with the production team, and hushed whispers about what might be on the horizon have gotten me pretty amped up.

But, I figure if I’m going to be all giddy and excitable over the next half-year, I might as well provide some reasons why, especially considering the lackluster response that the first film generated.  I’ve seen a lot of questions out there asking exactly why folks should be pumped up for this movie, based on the first.  Well, let me give you ten reasons, at least as I see them.

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Newsletter update from SmallJoes.com

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News and new product information from SMALLJOES.COM!


The 30th Anniversary wave 4 figure assortment will be arriving very
soon.  This assortment consists of new figures Lifeline, Sci-Fi,
Law & Order, Zombie-Viper, and Airtight.  The set of 5 is available
at $44.99 and the case of 12 at $82.99.


We also have a lot of new GI JOE comic books listed.  Among the new
listings are IDW’s GI JOE ongoing #7 and #8, Snake-Eyes #6 and #7,
COBRA #6 and #7, A Real American Hero #171 and #172, Fun Publications
(GI JOE Collector’s Club) one-shot special Mission Brazil II “Perfect
Enemies”, and trade paperback #13 reprinting more of the classic
Larry Hama Marvel series.

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