Last night i bit the bullet and saw Transformers 2. Sure I noticed the reviews were less then favorable, but the first movie was not a great movie yet i found it to be fun and entertaining. So why not give this one the benefit of the doubt and check it out!
To form an analogy when talking about a players skills in baseball often times you talk about their “floor” the worst they could do and their “ceiling” the highest/best they could do. In Transformers 2 the bad portions of the movie go far lower in Transformers 2 then they did in the first installment, but the good parts of the first movie also extend higher then they did in the first. Quite a dichotomy.
Lets start with the bad shall we? In the first one it was filled with campy/silly/teenage driven humor. Magnify that in this one to the point of annoyance. It seems they wanted this to be funny on a scale that young film goers would laugh at. Sure enough some of the annoying teenage Alpharettaites around me ate it up. It unfortunately left me going who wrote this script a 15 year old?
The parents in this movie are horrible they annoyed me to no end. The overall plot and dialogue of the movie were tough to handle. An hour into it there was not a ton of action and I was to the point where I thought I might be wasting my time seeing this movie and considered leaving. It was that painful.
There is one other portion of the movie that really grinded on me but I won’t talk about that because it would reveal some of that paper thin plot that I rather not spoil for those so inclined to see it. Lets just say after you see it I want to talk about the SR-71.
That was the bad portion of the movie. The good stems from two main focal points. The first being the action sequences followed closely by Megan Fox.
Oh my do they ever maximize Megan Fox’s sex appeal. There is a nice scene in the beginning with her bent over a motorcycle and then her undressing right in front of your eyes… let me assure you I’ve had dreams like this before and everything looks as good as it did in my dreams. Her other best part of the movie is towards the end when she is running through the desert in a spaghetti strap top with everything bouncing so wonderfully on the huge screen. I had no clue what was going on in the movie i just kept screaming “bounce out” in my head. She has some other wonderful moments and the camera finds her more often then not and that helps many of the campy parts of the movie.
The other worthy portions of the movie are the robot battle sequences. There are lot I mean A LOT of robots and they look AWESOME. When they tangle with each other it is pretty damn bad ass on the big screen. One of my favorite parts of the movie comes about an hour in right when i was about ready to leave all of a sudden Michael Bay comes through with a big battle. It is Optimus Prime against Megatron, Starscream, and a couple other decepticons in the woods to save the boys life. Prime throws down and starts kicking Decepticon ass. It looks awesome and was probably my favorite part of the movie.
The robot action is again thrown into full gear at the end similar to the last one with an all out battle that is pretty good as well.
At the end they try to have a Saving Private Ryan serious moment. The problem is if you fill your plot and dialogue with teenage humor when you use slow motion and have people crying I just don’t take you seriously. It does not resonate with me. You can’t try to be Old School all movie and then get serious in the last 30 minutes of the movie.
So here is the skinny expect the worst and you can still have fun with this movie. I think for fans of the first one it is still worth seeing. Definitely worth renting and if you are a movie goer I think you could go into it and just make yourself ready to enjoy the action (and Megan Fox).
It bothers me because they could have made a better film. It could have some humor in it, but been serious enough to grip you. Oh well I’m usually pretty critical on these types of movies. As much as I liked the last one this one let me down.
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