Movie Review: Transformers–Revenge of the Fallen

by Ryan on June 27, 2009

in Media,Politics,Pop Culture

Last night I went to see the new movie Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen with some of my colleagues.  I loved the Transformers as a kid and really enjoyed the first film.  When I saw the first film, I was not looking for a heavy, intricate plot — just enough to keep my interest while not embarrassing itself.  Nor was I looking for deep emotional love scenes between Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox.  I was looking for big alien robots kicking ass with stuff blowing up all over the place in true Michael Bay fashion.  I was completely satisfied in that regard.

The latest movie delivers pretty much the same.  If you enjoyed the first one, you’ll definitely enjoy this one.  It’s got bigger alien robots blowing up all sorts of stuff.  The love story has funny moments, the twin robots are apparently from Cybertron’s ghetto, and the pacing is done very well for a movie which clocks in at around 150 minutes.  Though long, you’re not bored;  it’s too loud and the special effects and plot movement don’t allow the viewer to slow down.  Megan Fox is always great eye candy too, in a trashy Jersey Shore girl kind of way.

As a fan since childhood, I liked how the plot brought in classic characters like Soundwave, the matrix of leadership, and expanded the Transformers universe beyond the first film.  I also liked how it built on the first film as the humans and the Autobots, led by the iconic Optimus Prime, team up to rid the world of the Decepticon bad guys who’ve gone into hiding. 

I also loved how this movie is the first major piece of pop culture film work I am aware of which criticizes President Obama by name!  In fact, the Administration (before they actually drop Obama’s name) is suspicious of the good guys, sends a stiff bureaucrat to mess with the military’s operations, attempts to blame Prime for the increased bad-guy activity, and threatens to end funding for the joint human-Autobot operations!  The filmmakers wouldn’t have portrayed Bush that way (no one in the audience would have bought it), but targeting Obama this way seemed perfectly in tune.

Revenge of the Fallen is a typical special effects bonanza which is well-paced and very funny at some points.  You will be entertained, even if you don’t try to follow the plot and allow the movie to just happen.  However, since it did get a little too silly here and there, the emotional scenes seemed forced sometimes, plus the awesome spectacle can get to be too much for one’s eyes at times I can’t give this movie very high marks.  For stuff-blowing-up value and for knocking on Obama this movie is an absolute A, but overall since its meager plot and occasional jump from humor to silliness is evident I’ll give the movie a C+/B-.

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