Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins Review

Review | Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins

Snake Eyes is far from perfect, and Henry Golding wasn’t the smartest casting in the world but the movie is a dose of adrenaline that action-movie lovers will enjoy.

Henry Golding enters the G.I. Joe franchise to help bring Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins to the big screen. But can the franchise finally break free of the shackles of the past and deliver something truly worthy of the namesake?

Snake Eyes Mask Teaser Poster

I can honestly say I’m not a G.I Joe enthusiast. I know they were toys that had a cartoon, or maybe it was a cartoon that had a toy line? I saw G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra a few years ago when I was bored. And while I thought the movie was ridiculous I gave it an A for effort. (At least they tried to make the greatest action movie of all time.)

HISTORY

So…there’s my history on this franchise. When I learned at the end of June that there was going to be a Snake Eyes movie starring Henry Golding (you know, the guy in all of those romantic comedies) I assured myself I wasn’t going to go see it in theaters. Then I watched Black Widow.

As I sat in my local IMAX theater waiting to see the first Marvel movie on the big screen in over two years (the last MCU film I saw in theaters was Avengers: Endgame) the official trailer for Snake Eyes arrived. I tried to hate it. But as I sat there in that dark theater, I found myself quite impressed by the trailer. As well as the cool-looking action sequences displayed. When July 23 arrived, I booked four tickets, and my family and I went to see the latest G.I. Joe flick, Snake Eyes.

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A CONFUSED STORYLINE

In a nutshell, Snake Eyes isn’t a great movie. In fact, it may not even be a good one. Its two hours and one-minute runtime stretch on forever as it juggles several different storylines in one.  A revenge drama, a subtle love story (or is it a love triangle?😉), and a typical superhero origin story all in one. While giving the audience enough action scenes to satiate their thirst for that summer blockbuster craving.

Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins
Henry Golding plays Snake Eyes in Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins from Paramount Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures, and Skydance.

There were times when I was so bored with the story moving along at its snail-like pace that I started getting a bit drowsy. And then there were other moments where I was bent over laughing from the ludicrous things I was seeing onscreen. Like a grand action sequence that was taking itself too seriously for its own good. And yet, despite the film being a typical action flick with an overwhelming dose of corny I came away from the film beaming and instantly declaring it the best G.I. Joe movie ever made.

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VERDICT

Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins isn’t perfect. And maybe Henry Golding wasn’t the smartest casting in the world (he doesn’t make a convincing ninja or Snake Eyes for that matter). But this movie is that dose of adrenaline that I think action-movie lovers will enjoy. And if you love these characters, there’s a good chance this film will probably send your excitement through the roof. Now I’m hoping we do get a sequel.

Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins is distributed by Paramount Pictures and is playing in US theatres now. The movie releases in the UK on Wednesday 18th August 2021.

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