Tuesday, July 21, 2009

I guess it's not a spoiler if it's advertised at Toys R Us. Old-school Destro confirmed in GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra action figure display.

This was taken at the Woodland Hills Toys R Us this evening. As you'll notice, this confirms the much-rumored hope that Christopher Eccleston will in fact end this first feature as the Destro that we know and love. With just under three weeks left to go, it seems that the first batch of reviews are in fact surprisingly positive. Certainly the film has benefited from the bottom-of-the-barrel expectations. Might those nasty rumors about Stephen Sommers being fired and locked out of the editing room been intentional misdirects, intended to completely depress expectations for a summer tent pole that Paramount knew was in a little trouble? Of course, the fact that Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen ended up being such a stinker probably hasn't hurt either, as that film's critical failure, coupled with the widespread disappointment of Terminator: Salvation, has left geeks with merely the hope that GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra just does what it sets out to do: make a live-action cartoon that feels like a GI Joe movie (and does it better than Street Fighter). Well, we'll know soon enough, because (of course) knowing is at least 50% of the battle.

Scott Mendelson

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