Review: “Snake Eyes” — Cinema Spotlight

Growing up I wasn’t always the biggest G.I. Joe fan. While the Transformers certainly grabbed my attention, by the time I was old enough to really care about toy-based media it was the mid-90s and the Ninja Turtles and Power Rangers had me hooked. But while they weren’t my favorites, the G.I. Joe characters were always on my radar and were a staple of the 80s so it was inevitable that they would eventually head to live action like most of our childhood classics. In 2009 Paramount released the first live action “G.I. Joe” movie, “The Rise of Cobra”, followed by “Retaliation” in 2013, neither film garnering much critical praised although they were considered at least minor successes at the box office but nowhere near the likes of “Transformers”, another Hasbro property made live action in the 2000s. So, Paramount and Hasbro changed things up and rebooted the franchise in 2021 with their “G.I. Joe Origins” series starting with one of the most successful characters in the franchise, Snake Eyes. His self-titled solo movie sees Henry Golding take on the moniker in the years prior to the character’s vow of silence and provides an origin story for him and his rival Storm Shadow. All things considered there’s a bit that I liked about “Snake Eyes” with fun action and a seriously complex hero, but like the yin yang that inspired Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow themselves everything good about this solo outing is balanced by a lack of polish and poor attempts to stick to genre conventions.

Review: “Snake Eyes”

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Originally from Gulfport, Mississippi. Live in Wichita, Kansas now. I suffer Bipolar I, ultra-ultra rapid cycling, mixed episodes. Blog on a variety of topics - genealogy, DNA, mental health, among others. Let's
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