Ultimately, Michael Bay’s treatment of the classic ‘80s cartoon did not hurt it at all. If anything, it allowed the regeneration of fans, assembly of more to come and a re-introduction of geeks into coolsville.
We start of where the last one left off. Sam Witwicky (Shia Lebouf) wants a normal life and decides to go to college. Optimus Prime with the help of his unified Autobots is on the hunt of Decepticons that threaten the balance on earth. They have been given the go signal by the U.S. government to operate and perhaps thwart any impending danger posed by his invitation from part one. This is where we anchor the movie and the exposition for the follow-up sets out from there.
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen suffered the same mistake it had the first time. I sorely pointed out that in the event of a robot combat they are in dire need of a long shot. When those metals collide it’s not easy to the eyes and it all gets tangled in translation. It would also help if they defined each clashing metal with who’s who by simply applying hues that are not on the same colour wheel.
Other than that, I went home feeling content and planning my next viewing with friends who are unfortunately not with me on the opening day.
Whether you like it or not this much awaited sequel will rake money in the box office, for reasons too numerous to enumerate. Michael Bay’s armada is a mechanized aggressor that even the toughest critics can be convinced to like it. Its hook is a basic kick-ass demolition derby that defies physics (how in the world can big-rig Optimus fly like Bruce Lee?). The images although a little deficient on the long shot, still packs a mean rock-‘em-sock-‘em face off. There is a lot of noise, comedy and action in this one. The story telling is also swift and the treading of the movie are both busy and talky.
Shia Lebouf (Sam Witwicky) did not carry the movie as much as he did in the first one, although his purpose was justified. He works well with his antics and he is also decent delivering a little drama. Just a shame, some of his lines doesn’t hold up because of the rapid pacing. Meagan Fox (Mikaela – darn I can’t spell) on the other hand is hella fun running on slow ‘mo. She was played in a fratboy fantasy light and so far she served her purpose.
Maybe in my second viewing, I’ll see the holes in the plot. I may realize there’s too much of the parents in there. I might conclude that John Turturro need not drop his pants the second time. Or I may write a letter to Mr. Bay demanding an explanation on why Josh Duhamel had so little screen time. Yet the truth will always come to light every time I watch it, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is fun – Both on the visual presentation and the musical score.
Trust that there will be a grand ambivalence between fans and haters. But if you ask me, I sure hell liked it.