I am kinda surprised that there isn't a thread about this already, but whatever. I liked it for what it was. It is not the Wrath of Khan or Empire that was promised by the studio, but it is a good fun film. I am going to list the good and bad with his film as oppossed as some three paragraph that will bore even me, so here we go with the good stuff in the film is.
-Soundwave sounds like and acts like Soundwave in the cartoon.
-Ravage is cool as well as Devastator, ARCE and Sideswipe.
-The Matrix and Sam's crossover scene.
-Bumble Bee continues to be the most realistic of all the CGI characters.
-Jetfire keeping his origin of once being a Decepticon and now an Autobot.
-Optimus being the biggest bad ass of the year, sit the fuck down Kirk, Wolverine and John Conner.
-The cast is solid again and continues to be believable. The Marines and Autobot alliance was one of the better things about the film and actors playing the marines were spot on.
-Megatron and Starscream acting like Megatron and Starscream from the cartoon.
-Allowing the possibility for a third movie.
-The Twins. Yeah, its not the rap speak that kills me, but they are really annoying.
-Obama kinda the bad guy. I know GW got some zings at him in the first one, but they really make him to be a secret villain which makes no sense at times. Obama is more diplomatic then Bush ever was, so it really was hard to swallow at times.
-Running through the desert at the end felt like all three hours of Lawrence of Arabia.
-The Falln is the Emperor from Star Wars that was there just to die to make Prime like more of a bad ass.
-Wheelie disappearing in the third act for no reason.
-The whole female Decipticon that tries to seduce Sam. It was just a stupid storyline that by the second act it seems really meaningless.
-Not knowing which Transformers were which by the end. I really had no idea at times who was fighting who, because most of the Decipticons looked like Megarton and had no backstory.
-The other Autobots like Ironhide, Ratchet and the others seemed to get lost in almost everything.
-Sam not using the spark to bring Optimus back to life and opting for the quest around the world for the Matrix.
All in all, it was a good film with big action pieces. The storyline at times gets confusing, but its giant robots fighting each other. I don't expect Macbeth going into these films and really no else should either.
He didn't sound like Soundwave at all...he sounded like Dr. Claw from Inspector Gadget...which coincidentally Welker also voiced.
The Twins or Car Car Binks as they have been lovingly named on the net were annoying, but simply there for the kids. A lot of the movie forums have been bashing them as racist, but I really only saw 2 "teenage boys" acting up.
The Arcee's were pretty cool, thank god there is only 1 left and Sideswipe should have gotten all of the twins screen time.
Jetfire was cool, he didnt need to have a frikken cane though. And Wheelie channeling Pecci was also unnecessary.
As always Soundwave is Megatron's flawless right hand man and Ravage was done exceptionally well.
Starscream and Megatron's banter was spot on and can only lead to a definitive third movie with Unicron in the mix.
I enjoyed it, as did the capacity theatre at this mornings 10 am showing. Pretty damn solid popcorn flick.
I didn't hate this either, although I agree with those who hated the twins. Car Car Binks...that is an awesome name for them. Plus the conceit of getting his parents over to Egypt was really silly and unnecessary.
I saw it in IMAX and it was pretty fun to watch that way. I really liked the first one, so this one was kinda disappointing, but I can't complain too much (mostly because I don't know enough about the Transformers lore to get mad about the changes from the cartoon).
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Saw this last night, and came away far from impressed.
My major complaint in the 1st movie was that with all the robots looking the same, the battles were hard to follow. This one was worse.
With the exception of the bumble bee fights (and one of these was against toasters and coffee makers) the robots just seem all mashed together in a series of quick cuts.
Optimus kicking ass in the woods was decent. But the whole time I had no idea which decepticon he was hitting, how many he was actually fighting (I think it was 3, but it looked like he killed multiple foes only to have the someone who looked the same pop up again).
In the final fight, once Sam makes contact with the Autobots, there are multiple shots with Sam and Megan running, with one or more robots running behind them. Are they running with him to get away from the airstrike, are they pursuing him? Who knows since there is little to differentiate autobots and decepticons, unless their name is Prime, Bubble Bee or Jetfire.
Throw in the typical eye rolling sillyness of a Bey movie (it takes 2 minutes to get an armored division to battle that they had no prior intel on), and I spent most of the time waiting for the end of the movie, rather than enjoying it.
THAT BEING SAID, for some reason while my brain kept screaming those things at me, I just kept thinking "Damn those robots fighting looks really cool." Which allowed me to leave the theater thinking "Eh, that wasn't bad."
Michael Bay makes big, fat, boring movies. Sure, the latest has giant robots, obviously expensive special effects, grandiose explosions, and a nearly constant presence of delirious spectacle that can range anywhere from a nubile robot woman with a six-foot-long mechanical tongue to American combat units shelling the hell out of ancient architectural treasures. Nonetheless, the net effect on the moviegoer is a kind of CGI narcosis—instead of heart-pounding thrills, your head will be nodding on its stalk from an overdose of Bay’s six-year-old pleasure principle.
And that’s just the obvious problem. Besides all this stupid excess is the wholesale reduction of civility involved. Bay’s Transformer films take a relatively innocent—and somewhat clever—toy concept and turn it into an excuse for potty-mouthed exploitations of their target audience. Consider the gangsta robots who morph from ice cream trucks into moronic parodies of black culture. It’s an instant metaphor for what Paramount has wrought on American popular culture in this sequel to its 2007 nerve-jangling blockbuster. This time the tale travels from a Hollywood-clichéd version of a college campus to the top of a pyramid in Giza, wreaking and reeking all the way. No actual mummies were hurt in the making of Transformers II, but the obvious reinforcement of stereotyped American soldiers invading the Arabic developing world with impunity makes recent Bush years seem like a paragon of tolerance and peace.
You may not know it, but the average American goes to the movies once a year. Therefore, millions of impressionable kids think that Bay’s sensory overloads exemplify state-of-the-art American cinema. Surprisingly, Bay’s film was coproduced by Steven Spielberg, a junk-filmmaker who knows how to draw emotions from his audience. People who see mainly Bay likely will never experience movie awes like Jurassic Park’s dinosaurs or Close Encounters’ UFOs, because Transformers’ tawdry sex-and-mayhem filmmaking will leave them gorked-out in the aisles. Excess of happiness weeps, said William Blake, but this form of witless boredom makes only Michael Bay very happy and exceedingly rich.
It's hard to tell, but I think that's a pretty negative review.
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