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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen - not intended for weenies

  • Jun 29, 2009
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Since there are already several reviews out there, I'll spare you the synopsis.  This is a review by a Transformers fan and a movie watcher addressing the critics who enjoyed bashing this film so much.

As a film, Transformers is pure popcorn fun.  It's basically a 2.5 hour commercial to sell toys just like how the cartoons were 20 minute commercials to sell toys.  As long as you keep that mindset, everything will be okay.  This isn't freakin Schindler's List.  Not every movie needs to have some poignant message.  There are just times when I want to see stuff get blown up real good and Michael Bay seems to know how to satisfy those cravings.  Doesn't make sense?  Okay, it's a movie based on TOYS with a back story that was reverse engineered in order to sell more TOYS.  Still over your head?  Stay home and read a book.

There is a story and it isn't as bad as all the weenies make it out to be.  Just understand that the story was reverse engineered around the action scenes kind of like formula for the original cartoon.  On this level, the first movie was a little better.  It was more obvious that the script was a side effect of the storyboards on this one.

I read a whole lot of girly-men reviews about how this movie was "too loud" and how it was like "putting a pot on your head and bashing it against the wall".  Wow.  Really? You thought this movie was too loud?  I think you need to grow a pair.  I asked my wife if she thought this movie was too loud and she said no.  For some perspective, my wife thought the scene in Benjamin Button where his tug got attacked by the sub was too loud when I was watching it on my cheapy home theater in a box.

Now I'm going to address some of the elements of the movie that were complained about the most:

Why do these super advanced robots still have to fight hand-to-hand sometimes?  Because there are times when you want to lay down some serious whoop ass and if energy blades can pop out of your hands, then why not?  Oh, an it's based on a CARTOON!

Jetfire is so old that he has a beard and uses a cane!  So? In the CARTOON, some of the older robots had beards and the cane was funny.  His inclusion was for the fans, not for the weenies.  It's okay if you don't get it.  You don't have to get everything to enjoy this movie.  Some critics also seemed to miss how Sam and crew ended up in Egypt all of a sudden.  They must've missed the part where Jetfire teleported them because they must've had their heads shoved up their arses to muffle the "loudness".  Teleport?!?! Yeah right!  Um yeah, giant robots that can transform into whatever they want can probably teleport too.

The "Twins" were useless and racist.  I thought they were useless at first too to serve only as comedic relief, which was unneccessary, but did you people missed the part where they put a hurt on Devastator and managed to slow him down?  See head up arse reference above.  To say they were the Jar-Jar Binks equivalent is a bit harsh.  Jar-Jar was truly useless.  Now the touchy racist part.  They're alien robots.  If you saw them as black, then that's your problem.  I saw alien robots who talked and bickered like idiots.  I've seen people of all kinds act and talk the same way.  Oh, and one of the voice actors is white and the other is black.

The running time.  I can see how a non-fan would think it was about 30-40 minutes too long.  If you go into it thinking you will hate it because it's not "intelligent" enough for you, then it will be painful.  As a fan, I appreciated the details.

I haven't seen anyone mention it, but the addition of the weenie beuracrat sent in by the president ( who is mentioned as being Obama) to throw a wrench in the military operation was a little funny.  In the end, it's the military that's in charge and fixes things.  I'm wondering if it's a shot at the Obama administration by the very pro-military Bay.  Now before anyone reading this gets their panties in a bunch, Bay took a shot at Bush too in the first movie.

Now the parts that even I had to chuckle at the sillyness of. 

The spinning camera shots and Michael Bay slo-mos.  The spinning camera stuff is annoying.  I just want to see the details of the robots.  Stop moving around so much!  The slo-mos are just part of Michael Bay.

When Optimus was getting his arse handed to him in the forest, where was his back up?  Why did it take so long for a Camaro and a Corvette to get there?  Optimus is a freakin Peterbilt semi and was there before all these other suckers.

After Sam and Simmons find Jetfire at the Smithsonian, Jetfire is awakened, busts through a hanger door and they are in PIMA which is located in Arizona.  Even if you didn't know this, I'm sure most people would know that there is no huge aircraft bone yard behind the National Mall in DC.  Nothing was gained by them being in the boneyard either.

The gratuitous fan service shots of Megan Fox.  How the heck did she change clothes so often?  She must do a real good job of layering.  I also didn't know that having your butt arched in the air is the most ergonomical position to be in when painting a chopper gas tank.  Someone should check with the guys at Orange County Choppers to see if this is true.

In the end, this is a fun movie for most guys and cool girls.  If Spike TV were to run this movie 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, it would still satisfy their demographic's needs (fast cars, robots, fights, explosions, hot girls, military).  Go see it and have fun.  Don't be a weenie.

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June 30, 2009
I totally disagree with your review--this movie would've been better if it was 30 minutes shorter; the humor was bad, stupid and dumb. You said you saw two bickering idiots in the 'twins' which was exactly the point of those who were offended. I wasn't offended, but I saw from what area they were coming from. However, your review was fun to read and I agree with Fooddude. It is a bad way to convince, since the movie's "nay-sayers" can ALSO easily say "Transformers is for the dumbed-down movie fan". .You say "grow a pair to watch this movie?" heh. .I've seen some majorly disturbing shit, and this movie does not require any 'balls' but it requires that you leave your brain and sensibilities at home.  

Oh, box-office receipts doesn't reflect on how good a movie is, my friend, it only reflects on the viewing public's tastes. I guess I am a weenie--since I gave this movie 2 stars. It is quite sad that crowd pleasers such as Bay with inept storytelling skills get blockbuster acclaim--if you support a hack like him, then he'll continue on.(I say he's a hack because the film's action scenes are probably mostly done by the CGI experts and his rendition isn't faithful to established animated series) I saw it because I somewhat liked the first film. I guess we need more weenies in the world! LMAO I still like your review; it was funny as soon as you read it. But some folks may take your title literally.
June 30, 2009
Glad you enjoyed my review. My title was intended to grab you and it did. I'm pretty sure most people aren't going to take it seriously. Anyone who does, gee...I don't apologize. Haha! If idiots got offended by the twins, then stop being an idiot! Don't act that way. Like I said in my reply to Fooddude, neither I nor Paramount needs to convince anyone to see this movie. It's obvious that it's critic proof and is about to set a record for the worst reviewed movie with the highest gross. My "growing a pair" reference was for those critics who thought it was "too loud" not to those who just didn't like it for legitimate reasons (which there are plenty of). Come on, it was NOT too loud. There are plenty of other negatives to focus on than the volume. That's just whining. There are definetly plenty of reasons to not like the movie which the majority of the reviews have already discussed but most miss the point that this is pure movie watching fun. A fun movie does not have to be good. It's pretty obvious that this movie is succeeding in accomplishing its intended purpose. I think it's great that Bay gets blockbuster acclaim because it's a reminder that many people still believe in going to the movies as a form of escapism. Simple law of supply and demand. Regardless of the film, I leave most of my brain and sensibilities at home anyways and sit through the whole thing (credits included) like drooling idiot with my popcorn and Coke. I paid $10 for someone to show/tell me a story. I don't want to think. I save the analyzing for later. If it weren't for guys like Bay, then the art house nuts wouldn't have anything the bitch about and the world would be thrown off its axis.
June 30, 2009
Thanks for responding, bud. and of course, don't apologize. he-heh. Now, now, I wouldn't say the folks who got offended were idiots--it's all a matter of different strokes. I think when some critics say the movie was loud, they weren't referring to the film being loud in an auditory sense; they could be referring to it being too stylized and flashy. My only complaint on this film is that it was so busy with trying to out do the first film, that it went on 'too much' of everything. I really had fun with the first film, it has funny, cheeky and action-packed.

True that a fun movie doesn't have to be good, I'm no movie snob--sheesh! I loved "Poultrygeist: return of the chicken Dead" and it was way worst than this film but in some ways better. LOL! Also I'm not totally anti-Bay since among my favorite action films is "The Rock". I guess, I just thought Bay messed up the first film's simple formula. Anyway, with that out of the way, you did write a fun review--reflective of what your opinion was. Later, bud. Hope you review some more...
June 30, 2009
I agree with you that this one tried too hard to out do the first of the reasons I gave it a 4 instead of a 5....that and poor ergonomical gas tank painting position...haha.
June 30, 2009
While I completely disagree with Transformers having anything redeemable other than loud, punchy action, your review was fun to read, mainly because of its impassioned, gutsy approach. Also, trying to attack masculinity is not a good way to persuade someone: I.e. "What, you're not MAN enough to like it? you're a man aren't you? Than like this."
June 30, 2009
Based on the box office receipts, it's pretty obvious I don't need to persuade anyone to see it. I was mainly trying to be funny. I think Transformers is a prime example of the differences between the trendy metro-hipster male and the traditional macho male. I saw one reviewer on Rotten Tomatoes who actually labeled the film as "so last administration". HAHA! I could have writen an equally humorous review from the opposite view point, but that's pretty much been taken care of by the pro critics.
July 02, 2009
Yeah, as Woopak stated, box office receipts and quality films don't always good hand in hand. See "Wild Wild West" for a perfect example. Despite these big blockbusters making an absurd amount of profit, it seems a huge waste of money for a product of such superficial substance. The new Transformers cost $195 million...which could have been used to make 20 high quality indie productions like discovering the next "Reservoir Dogs" or "American Beauty." Nobody will care about Transformers, as a film, in 6 months. It's hard to remember what summer blockbusters were shown two years ago. You watch it, maybe have a good time and move on. Only rarely do blockbusters really come off well: Iron Man and The Dark Knight come to mind. Well, that was a fun attack open blockbusters. :) In the end, if you spend your money and have a good time, that's fine, but maybe consider if all the money that went it was well spent.
July 02, 2009
I never said that because TROF made lots of money means that it's a quality film. My rating is indicative of my opinion that it is a fun movie that was worth my $10 to see. The people who don't want to see this movie to begin with won't be swayed by some amatuer review. My review is for entertainment, just like the movie. I applaud your wishful thinking. Do you think that the $200M would really have been spent on 20 indies and not some other blow-em movie that would draw in large audiences? That's like asking why don't universities put more money in women sports. Because they don't bring in nearly as much revenue as mens sports. Financially speaking, that $200M is turning out to be very well spent. If studios didn't spend lots of money on fun movies that make lots more money, then they wouldn't have the money to fund and gamble on the artsy movies that usually don't make very much money. I'm not convinced that there isn't room in the world for both.
June 30, 2009
In spite of my disagreement (I just wasn't impressed with this movie but it was mostly for the messy screenplay), this review was a ton of fun to read! Lots of good humor! I hope all your reviews are this entertaining to read!
June 30, 2009
Oh yeah, no doubt the screenplay was all over the place. I thought the backbone idea by Orci and Kurtzman was good, but you can tell where Bay wanted re-writes to force-inject in more explosions and fan service. It's like shooting the cream in a Twinkie and just like a Twinkie, you can see the injection holes.
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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is the sequel to the hit film Transformers and was released on June 24th 2009.  It is directed by Michael Bay and stars Shia LeBeouf and Megan Fox.  The script was written by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman.  The budget of the film was $200 Million

Filming of Revenge of the Fallen started in LA and then moved to Bethlehem, PA.  Michael Bay did a lot of the filming in the city of Philadelphia.  Once there, they shot at the Exelon Power Plant, The University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, Fairmount Park, Eastern State Penitentiary, City Hall and Rittenhouse Square.  After filming in Philadelphia was completed, the moved on to Princeton University. A lot of filming was also done in Giza at the Pyramids with the permission and blessing of the Egyptian government. 

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was shot partly in IMAX.  Three of the films main action sequences were filmed in the IMAX format.


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Director: Michael Bay
Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Release Date: June 24th 2009
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman
Runtime: 147 Minutes
Studio: Paramount Pictures, Dreamworks PIctures
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