WHAT IS IT?
G.I. Joe: The Movie is a feature length animated film based on the popular TV show and toy line, G.I. Joe. The movie featured the vocal talents of Don Johnson, Burgess Meredith and many cast members from the TV show and focused on terrorist organisation Cobra and its attempts to turn the human race into mindless creatures.
Iconic characters such as Cobra Commander, Snake Eyes, Serpentor and... erm, Snow Job, appeared in the film, along with new recruits Jinx, Law and Order and Lt Falcon. The film also introduced Golobulus, the ruler of Cobra-La, a civilisation of evildoers who once ruled the Earth... and are a bit weird.
One of the most famous scenes in G.I. Joe: The Movie is the amended death of good guy Duke. Yep, amended, because the character was given a reprieve at the very last minute, so although it appears as if he bites the big one on screen, he actually survives.
G.I. Joe the movie was originally set for a theatrical release, but due to a few production delays and the poor performance of other animated movies at the time (Transformers & My Little Pony), it was instead released direct to video.
WHAT WAS GOOD?
G.I. Joe: The Movie's biggest selling point is arguably the sheer amount of screen time that is given to resident bad guys Cobra. From the opening introduction, through to the grand finale, Cobra were everywhere in this movie and when they were not on screen the movie actually dragged a bit. However it was one Cobra member in particular who was given the best material in the whole film.
Fan-favourite character Cobra Commander, famed for his complete disregard for his own team mates, soon found himself at odds with Golobulus and was put on trial for his failure to defeat the Joe's. After being betrayed by his own kind Cobra Commander was then transformed into a snake and spent most of the movie hanging around with Roadblock.
WHAT WAS BAD?
Putting aside some crappy dialogue, the shitty Cobra-La characters and the paper thin story, the real disappointment in the movie was the confusion over the death of Duke. Originally the character was set to die, however the negative response to the death of Optimus Prime in the Transformers: The Movie (1986) - released the year before - scuppered plans to bump off Duke. Instead, and despite the fact the character IS CLEARLY KILLED OFF whilst surrounded by his team mates, a bit of dialogue added at the last minute explained that he was simply in a coma and not dead.
OH COME ON. He was dead. It didn't matter what was added to the dialogue, Duke was brown bread!!!
WHY PUSH THE BUTTON?
If you happen to like '80s animated movies and you have a high tolerance for less than amazing scripts then G.I. Joe: The Movie is for you. However, if you have no patience whatsoever, then blast this sucker off the planet!