Just from the trailer, it looks like a kid show to me. Same tone as the 80s cartoon but more anime-y. Don't think it's possible to do "grim n' gritty" trucks turning into alien robots even if you tried very hard.
|Posted: 04 August 2020 at 12:17am | IP Logged | 2
Both the original series of G.I. Joe and Transformers suffer, and again I say this as a continued fan of both franchises, from a Reagan-era, Rambo II-mentality view of warfare.
I always found this amusing. Those cartoons unabashedly glorified war and weaponry and marketed it to kids yet at the same time were seen as innocent stuff. "Church Lady" types only lost their minds with curse words or sexual innuendo apparently.
The movie SMALL SOLDIERS by the great Joe Dante is a very good parody of this (among other things, the apparently good GI Joe types are actually the bad guys). WATCHMEN also touches the subject with a dead-on analysis by Ozymandias while designing his toy line.
Then Lucas gave them a pg movie consistent with the original films and these same clowns flipped out because he made a "kiddie movie".
There's some truth to this but he went overboard with the "kiddie stuff" in PHANTOM MENACE. Also the protagonist himself was an annoying kid, which was a trend in eighties movies but not in Star Wars.
The fans that claim EMPIRE is a "dark movie" (it's not) are being ridiculous but there was a tonal whiplash, especially with PHANTOM. On the rest, there was a quality whiplash.