Snake Eyes is the beginning of an effort to reboot the G.I. Joe franchise in a way that is both profitable for the studios and enjoyable for fans. So what was Metro Goldwyn Mayer’s strategy for such an enterprise? Start the rebranding of this franchise by creating an origin story film for Snake Eyes, arguably the franchise’s most popular character. And who do you get to play the iconic character?
If you had told me a few months ago that Henry Golding, known mostly for his role as the desired love interest in romantic comedies like Crazy Rich Asians and Last Christmas, would be playing the character I would’ve been so disappointed. The big question is, did the casting work? I can honestly say, yes, yes it did.
Is Snake Eyes the best G.I. Joe movie ever made? I believe it is. I remember watching G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra a few years ago, starring Channing Tatum and Marlon Wayans, and while I gave the film an A for the effort it was pretty ridiculous. Especially considering that the CGI looked so bad at the time.
Snake Eyes actually tries to take itself seriously, even when the film has crossed the barrier of ludicrous, by developing a story that’s both serious and could develop into something pretty cool.
I’m thinking of Snake Eyes as a Fast and Furious type movie with giant action set pieces and that level of drama that, despite being ridiculous, sucks you in. No, it isn’t perfect, and no, it isn’t even that great, but I’m kind of invested in the story and I’m definitely going to need a sequel to happen.
All in all, Snake Eyes could’ve been better if it had shaved off about twenty minutes, refrained from including a fan favorite like Scarlett who wasn’t necessary in the film, and if it had dialed down on the cliche. But it wasn’t the worst movie I’ve seen so I can honestly say, I had fun.
I’ll give it 3 out of 5 stars and 82 out of 100.
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