Let’s face it, you don’t come to a film like this for intellectual fulfillment. You want action and lots of it. You want catharsis and a sense of winning. You want a bit of humor and a lot loud noises.Joe delivers on all of these points.
The story, on the other hand, is a thin connect-the-dots stutter of moments that sort of holds together the film in the minimally acceptable way. It feels about as deep as the cartoons were, or perhaps as watching two 6 year olds creating a story on the fly with their Joe dolls. Excuse me: action figures. If only they could learn from films like Iron Man, or even the more recent Wolverine and other mega-winners, that script could make them immortal, not just a fun ride that you never need to see again.
No one stands out as exceptional in their roles. Willis, in fact, comes off as sleepwalking. But it is movies like this that allow him to do movies like Looper, so I’m willing to cut him a break.
In short, if you want an ear-ringingly loud couple of hours with some good fighting, despite a tad too much wire work, and some impressive explosions, this is a good choice. If, on the other hand, you’re looking for a good movie along with your carnage, you should find something else. As an accompaniment to a bowl of popcorn, it wasn’t too bad.