Sound Off: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen - What Did You Think?
by Alex Billington
June 25, 2009
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? It only took Michael Bay and company two years to bring us a sequel to the exciting and explosive hit Transformers from 2007. Now he's back with Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and it's bigger, it's longer, it's taller (in IMAX), and it has more robots than you could ever want, but is it actually better? Does the Fallen kick some serious robot ass? Does it have any story problems? Are there just too many robots? Or is it the most exciting action movie this summer? Sound off below, leave your thoughts, and let us know what you thought of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen!
To fuel the fire, I actually really enjoyed Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen quite a bit. I think it's a very good, very entertaining movie, but not a great one. It has a lot of problems, a lot of rough edges, mainly coming from the script and story. It just felt like there was everything in this movie - and not in a good way. I didn't have a problem with the two separate stories (Sam and Mikaela vs Cpt. Lennox and Optimus) or more robot action because that's what we all wanted to see more of in the first one (and got plenty more of in this). But it just felt like the story just wasn't refined or honed at all and that bothered me occasionally.
That's not to say that I can't at least praise this movie for its technical achievements. The work ILM did on this was absolutely amazing. And the IMAX scenes, like with The Dark Knight last year, looked absolutely gorgeous. There is no other way to experience this (or at least those fight scenes) than in IMAX. And the level of detail that ILM put into those scenes was just stunning. There is a lot to admire on that side, even with what Michael Bay pulled off. No other director out there does this kind of stuff and there were plenty of moments where I just got a big shit-eating grin on my face. That's what pure entertainment is all about.
What did you think of Transformers 2? Better or worse than Transformers? Good or bad?