Old toys never die. They just keep coming back in new poses and flexing different muscles as movies and TV shows.
This weekend brings two popular artifacts from many a childhood back to screens: "Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins" hits theaters, with Henry Golding ("Crazy Rich Asians") as the martial-arts warrior; and "Master of the Universe: Revelation" lands on Netflix, offering director Kevin Smith's updated animated spin on the series, bringing a bit more power and certainly higher stakes for those weaned on the stiff limited animation of the 1980s.
"Snake Eyes" represents the third live-action "G.I. Joe" movie -- eight years after the last entry -- drawing upon a Hasbro toy franchise introduced in the '60s. Yet as much as the movie appears to yearn to jump-start the franchise, it seems to have forgotten to bother with a coherent script, leaving one to wonder how a film with this much action somehow manages to be so boring.
Golding's title character is introduced as a child given a strong motivation for revenge. When we meet him two decades later, he remains on that quest, leading him to Japan and into the world of an ancient clan known as the Arashikage.