Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Okay, am I the only one who can’t tell what the hell is going on half the time in these movies? I mean, when the giant robots start transforming and whaling away at each other, I can’t tell which one is which and what they’re doing. At least most of this second entry in the series takes place during the day, so it’s a little easier to follow the action.

I wasn’t real fond of the first TRANSFORMERS movie, but we watched the second one anyway and I was surprised to discover that I liked it considerably better. I thought the plot was pretty good, as it delves into the history of the war between the Autobots and the Decepticons that eventually spreads to Earth and reveals that the Transformers have been here in disguise a lot longer than anyone suspected.

Shia LeBouef is fine as Sam, the sometimes hapless, sometimes heroic human befriended by the good guy Autobots. The always good Kevin Dunn and Julie White play his parents, and Megan Fox is, well, Megan Fox. Josh Duhamel and Tyrese Gibson reprise their roles as soldiers from the first movie but don’t have much to do this time around. My biggest complaint about the film is that numerous battle scenes go on interminably long. This is a two-and-a-half-hour movie that could have easily been cut to two hours just by making some of those fights a little shorter. I think it would have been more effective that way.

Overall, though, TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN is pretty entertaining, even if you weren’t a fan of the action figures and the original cartoon. (I certainly wasn’t.)


Randy Johnson said...

I was only mildly entertained by both movies, much to the horror of some younger members of my family who absolutely dote on anything transformer-like.

Mark Terry said...

Wait, wait, wait! You mean ... there's a PLOT?

Oh crap. I've seen both those movies (hey, two sons, one's 11 and one's 15. I saw GI Joe, too, and guess which videos we're going to be owning soon?) and it never really occurred to me I should pay attention to the plots. I thought the plot for both was: Giant Robots From Outer Space Fighting.

After that, well, Megan Fox looks fairly hot (even if I have to stifle a giggle every time she opens her mouth and out comes that Betty Boop voice).

Graham Powell said...

If you saw this one at home then you didn't have the "advantage" of seeing it on the big screen, or more to the point, of a theater speaker system blaring at you.

So your opinion is invalid - this movie sucked!

Anonymous said...

If you want a Good Transformer movie watch the Animated one from 1986, With Orson Welles, Leonard Nimoy, Robert Stack, Eric Idle, and Judd Nelson providing the voices of the myriad cast.

The two Bay-formers movies are to Transformers what Milius's Conan is to Conan of Cimmeria.