So I saw Revenge of the Fallen yesterday with a friend of mine. We went on a Tuesday since it was less expensive, and waited a while for the masses to calm down. Truth is, I had heard so much crap from it that I was afraid of seeing it.
But you know what? I came out of it satisfied, and I thought it was rather enjoyable. Was it better than the first one? Hard to tell, and very doubtful, but it was still a good movie.
I realized that what I read in the media was way over-dramatized.
Putting aside the gorgeous special effects and the awesome fight scenes, things were really not as bad as they seemed. Rotten Tomatoes gave it 19% but I think some of these people are either sheeps or take themselves WAY too seriously.
First of all...
"This movie has no plot!
Were we watching the same movie here? The plot was easily understandable, and frankly I thought it matched Transformer's universe perfectly. I actually found it gave the Decepticons a reason to be evil, and not just BE evil for the jinx of having a bad guy. If you can't understand that the movie is about giant alien robots transforming into vehicles trying to save the planet from the evil giant robots transforming into vehicles (it's a bit deeper than that but let's not confuse them too much)... then why in hell are you a movie critic?!
Sure, I didn't leave the theater wondering about the world and where it was going. I didn't ask myself about the nature of humanity. You want a movie that will make you question the world, go rent "The Boy In The Stripped Pajamas
</b>.". (A wonderful movie btw). Obviously Transformers was not made for that. So please, stop looking for something that clearly wasn't supposed to be there in the first place.
"The Twins were offensive because the concept was clearly racist!
Are you LISTENING to yourselves? Look, I admit, the Twins were annoying. I could have lived without them and the only part I enjoyed with them was Bumblebee shutting them up. That being said... It's a CARICATURE of the hip-hop gangsta wannabe. It's not racist, it's a caricature! If they would have been called, or called someone a "punk-ass fucking nigger!" then yeah, okay, crossing the line here. But that's not it at all! You might as well call Donkey from Shrek a racist interpretation... because Donkey was clearly designed to have the "black" stereotype stapled to him. It was no coincidence Eddy Murphy's voicing him. And I wouldn't be surprised if those same people are the ones screaming blasphemy to Disney's first black princess. Get your heads out of your asses PLEASE!
"All you see is Megan Fox running slow motion! That's the whole movie!
Um... No. I'm not a fan of the overdone sexiness of a character (although I'm not one to talk, I admit), but I only recall the 'slow motion running' once near the end... and guess what? It worked! Otherwise sure we see her on the motorcycle and yes I think all the guys in the theaters wet themselves right there. I expected much worst later... and found she wasn't denuded at all. Who ever said all it was was Megan Fox wearing next to nothing must have been watching another movie.
Now, I'll be the first to say that the immature sexual jokes aren't my cup of tea at all. I find most of them derisive and not necessary. Also, last I checked, the cartoon didn't have those. I was glad to see there were a lot less than the reviews mentioned. The dog bit was completely unnecessary. It didn't add to the plot and seemed thrown in there for the immature 12 year olds who still laugh when you say "penis" and "vagina". The magic brownies were also not very classy and were unnecessary. We already know Sam's mother doesn't have many brain cells, no need to retract more, please.
Speaking of Sam's parents... I wanted to hurt someone when I first saw them on screen. I was SO disappointed to find such mindless characters the first time around. It reminded me of the sitcoms I watched as a kid, where the 10 year old kid went on adventures but his parents acted more childish then the 10 year old. By the end though, I managed to like them. They seemed to gain some maturity, especially the mother convincing Sam's father to leave.
The movie was rated "General" in this area and although most of the joke were alright (save a few), the language sometimes made me cringe. There were 6 year olds nearby, hearing "You're a pussy!" and "ASSHOLE!" throughout the whole movie. Sorry, I may be too old school when it comes to that, but I didn't feel this should have been a General movie. 13+ seemed more appropriate. I can see those kids in class the next day going "You're a pussy!" and not understanding why the teacher would scold them for it.
All in all, it WAS a good movie, very entertaining and full of action scenes that made your mouth water. I even got teary eyed at one point (not about the action though
Anyone expecting a deep movie worthy of Schindler's List, you're not watching the right movie. Please remember that you're watching a movie about giant outer space robots transforming into cars and planes and kitchen appliances.
Maria“You know what my father was? A wheel! The first wheel! And do you know what he transformed into? Nothing! But he did it with honor!”