It should be of no secret to anyone that I am basically the definition of a Transformers fan boy. I know my Generation 1 facts inside and out, and basically grew up with the series via syndication.
I love Transformers and I will share that fact with anyone who will listen. Therefore I think its pretty amazing how many people give both of the movies poor reviews about story, plot, character development etc.
Going into any Transformers movie you must realize a few things:
Its directed by Michael Bay – You either like his style or you don’t
Alien Robots come to earth take vehicle forms and shoot a lot – Basic premise, accept it, there is not much more too it
It is and always was a way to sell something – In the past it was toys, now its movie tickets, cars, and more toys
The movie was not meant to leave you with any sort of profound message it was just meant to entertain, deafen, and overload your senses while paying homage to its roots. This second movie does all of this Soundwave is in it with his original voice, wheelie is in it in a similar role as the first film, and their is a toss back to the matrix of leadership, time was spent trying to please us, the original fans.
The battle scenes in Transformers 2 are much easier to follow than those of the first revamp which allows the audience to see just how much ass their favorite character is kicking. However where the action scenes have been improved the character development has suffered.
Sam and Mikaela’s characters advance a little bit but not too much, where as Sam’s Parents play a similar humorous role as they did in the first film although with one gag running a little too long. The rest of the human characters from the previous film return with one of them being much more useful in this film than the previous, but his previous useless self is replaced with another heel who gets tazed, twice.
The Autobots do not really have their characters expanded on much in this film, with a whole slew of new ones being introduced with barley any back story, introduction, or speaking roles. A few get killed off shortly after uttering their first lines. The Decepticons also get quite a few new minions that are about has hard to kill as the Puddies from Power Rangers but do get more back story and the relationship between Megatron and Starscream is more reminiscent of the old series which is nice.
However the big guns, Bumble Bee, Megatron, Starscream, and Jetfire all kick ass and the best part of the movie for me was the fact that Optimus Prime kicks ass for a SIGNIFICANT amount of time twice!
It brought back the exact same feelings I had while watching this scene as a child:
At the end of the day Revenge of the Fallen was an amusing action movie with little plot and character development that happened to go on a little bit too long. This movie is no where near as bad as it could of been (or GI Joe is going to be) people just need to accept it for what it is and take it at face value and not try to go any deeper because there is still nothing there.
People also need to stop putting Skids and Mudflap under a microscope they are not nearly as offensive to me as a black person as people are making it out to seem, Devestators balls offended me much more.