Jon Chu is an okay director … if people are jumping around without their shirts or doing wacky hand gestures at the camera, and dumb things like “story” is not a concern to you. As an actual, honest to God movie director who tells a coherent, organically flowing story, he’s, er, less than impressive. His big debut, the two-years in the making “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” had one redeeming scene — the mountain battle between Snake Eyes and a bunch of random, faceless ninjas.
The rest? Meh. I’m hesitant to call much of “Retaliation” absolute garbage, but man, it comes pretty damn close.
So what is Jon Chu doing as a viable contender to direct the third “Star Trek” movie, now that J.J. Abrams has bailed for the “Star Wars” universe? I have absolutely no effin’ clue, but that’s what Latino-Review is saying.
If this is even remotely true, or even has any shred of possibility, I guess Paramount is looking at how much money Chu’s “Retaliation” made — $371 million worldwide, which is just $80 million less than the last “Star Trek” movie, “Into Darkness”. And “Retaliation” did it with $60 million less, budget-wise.
Of course, anyone who has seen “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” and loves the rebooted “Trek” franchise is probably hoping this doesn’t actually happen. Anyone who thinks Chu can handle the complexity of a “Trek” movie, with all of its moving parts, is badly mistaken. The dude needs a few dozen more years directing movies where plot and logic are afterthoughts first. Like, say, that “G.I. Joe 3” he’s already signed up for, or the “Masters of the Universe” movie he’s been attached to forever.
Four or five more movies like those, where he can learn about story and plot and how to make them not be, you know, dumb, and he might be ready for a “Trek” movie.