These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Acceptable Targets: Averted; France's brutal treatment of Destro's ancestor is what pisses his entire family off. Played somewhat straight after the Paris sequence; the French move in on the Joes with RAID. And smack Ripcord in the face. And wreck their gear. Then say that the team is banished from the country. The French would rather lose a city.
Well, the Joes DID cause a crapload of collateral damage AND failed at stopping the villains. It could be a Deconstruction of Hero Insurance, even.
Cliché Storm: The film is chock-full of every action movie cliche most people have ever seen. If you want an explanation, look no further than Christopher Orr's review of the movie, in which he decides to just let it speak for itself by providing 40 of the lines that sum up the plot and all of the typical one-liners and plot points it has. It's really a shame though, considering it had some great actors who did the best they could with the material they were given. Then again, for fans of the movie, this could be exactly what they liked about it.
The soundtrack for the videogame by Chris Velasco and Sascha Dikiciyan Link 1st discLink 2nd disc is two disks of pretty impressive music. The brief orchestral version of the cartoon's main theme that appears on the videogame when you activate "Overload" definitely qualifies as a Most Wonderful Sound as well, both in a gameplay view and for the hard-core 'toon fans.
Draco in Leather Pants: Storm Shadow is very popular. Doesn't hurt that he's hot and can kick your ass from here to next Tuesday.
Fashion-Victim Villain: Cobra Commander. After switching to the metal full-head helmet, suddenly his skinniness becomes more apparent and he looks like a bobblehead or lollipop. One of the few cases where Shoulders of Doom might help.
Arguable since the Doctor is such complete sleeze that he lacks the flair of a typical Magnificent Bastard. Destro is much closer to the traditional view of the trope, pulling off his schemes with all the flourish of a Bond villain.
Narm: Cobra Commander does a grand entrance... and is caught and put to jail few seconds later.
Except he won. Sure, the Joes stopped the missiles but Zartan is now President and working for Cobra Commander, who the Joes think is safely locked up.
Older Than They Think: The movie pulls ideas from several different toy lines, comic books, and animated series. Many of the details that fans complain about the movie "changing" are taken right from the source material ... just not an iteration of the source material the complainer is familiar with (e.g., you don't have to like the powered suits, but if you know the GI Joe Sigma Six line, you know the movie didn't make them up).
Likewise "International Heroes" was part of the Action Force theme, and even briefly adopted in the DiC series. GI Joe also worked for the United Nations in Sigma Six.
Doesn't help that they come off of as more of a Battle Couple than Scarlett and Snake-Eyes, the ORIGINAL pair of leading lady and badass ninja.
The novelization seems to add considerable mutual witty banter and, yes, flirtation.
While we're talking about The Book Of The Film, it also offers Ho Yay for Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow, who seem to be matching Official Couple (sort-of) Duke and Ana/The Baroness flashback for flashback, meaningful look for meaningful look. (Bizarrely carries over to the Ninja Showdown kid's book.) Oddly out-of-place due to the gist of their past relationship being "We really, really don't like each other."
Romantic Plot Tumor: The Baroness and Duke is pretty central to the storyline, even if it feels unnecessary to the mythos. G.I. Joe, after all, has no small shortage of improbable relationships across every canon. Ripcord and Scarlet, however, seems to have drawn almost universal scorn.
Special Effects Failure: While a majority of the special visual effects were well done, a CGI cobra at the beginning of the film sticks out like a sore thumb.
WTH, Casting Agency?: You'd never imagine Marlon Wayans and specially Joseph Gordon-Levitt in this movie. Surprisingly, Joseph Gordon-Levitt really pulls it off, and Marlon Wayans... is, well, Marlon Wayans, although even he tones down his fundamental Marlon Wayans-ness a bit.
Channing Tatum as the leader of the Joes? Seriously?
Look on the bright side - at least it's not Shia Labeouf as the leader of the Joes.