What does one expect from a GI Joe movie that has Bruce Willis and The Rock in it? First of all, I want a visual representation of what it was like to play with GI Joe dolls and all the tanks and equipment that came along with it...that means gobs of fighting, and LOTS and LOTS of blowing things up. Maybe other children made up elaborate plot lines that made sense while playing GI Joe, but no one in my circle of friends ever did, and my own boys certainly do not. This means I do not require an elaborate plot that makes sense. Secondly, GI Joe's main focus was on saving the world and not falling in love. There was certainly nothing more than a mutual appreciation of Barbie's beauty and GI Joe's rugged handsomeness, should there be any hint of romance in the first place. This was GI Joe play at its best.
Don't mess with what works, and GI Joe Retaliation did not mess with what works. I lost count of the explosions, and the sheer volume of fighting and people plummeting to their death was breathtaking...it was all in 3D so this made the whole experience even more awesome. It did not take long before I decided I wanted to be just like Jinx, and to the utter embarrassment of my son, I was so overcome with the excitement of the movie that I did a few karate chops and kicks in the parking lot. The movie was THAT good.
Now, I have no doubt that some of you are thinking, is she seriously talking about the GI Joe movie like it is an Academy winning movie? Yes, I am because I got exactly what I wanted from that movie. Sure, a plot line that made sense might have been appreciated but it would have been completely unnecessary...the building of the plot line may have interfered with the number of explosions. A romance between Lady Jaye and Flint would have been lovely but (in PG rated role play) GI Joe and Barbie never consumated their relationship and again, such a plot line may have taken away from the time dedicated to gathering large arsenals and shooting at the baddies.
I have a tendency to get pretty excited about things (see above re: kicks and chops), and I believe that everyone should fully embrace Performance Management and have a really solid Compensation strategy in place. It does not follow that the new client who calls me in a panic to make sure they do not get fined by the Ministry of Labour because they failed to maintain compliancy with recent legislation wants to hear about how a Performance Management system can help them develop a stronger and more engaged workforce. Think of the compliance issue as the explosions, and Performance Management as a solid and interesting plot line. Do it like the Joes do....give them what they want. If you do that, in most cases the client will come back for more, and at that point maybe ready for a more meaty plot line.