Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Rate It: Transformers Revenge of the Fallen

After catching an early look at Transformers Revenge of the Fallen, I'm torn between my love for fun and silliness of the cartoon/comic and my desire to see more childhood favorites turn an adult corner (see: The Dark Knight, Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk). With the first Transformers film, I thought the movie was well balanced. The action was great, the humor was clever, and the plot, though complex, was comprehensible and it knew its limits. With Transformers Revenge of the Fallen, I feel like everything from the first film was inflated; so much so that it took away from the film.

Not to give out any spoilers, the special effects, as dope as they were, couldn't compensate for a plot that was so all over the place that the movie seemed to extend just so it could tie up every plot twist that it mistakenly explored from the beginning. The film had what I call a Blueprint 2: The Gift and The Curse moment.

Had the whack songs on Jay-Z's 7th album been shelved, and the double disc reduced to a single collection of the best tracks, it would have undoubtedly been another classic. Instead there were so many filler tracks, that a perfectly good cd was transformed into two discs with good material surrounded by mediocrity. Transformers Revenge of the Fallen suffered that same fate. Had only the good jokes been included and not the cheesy ones; and had unnecessary plot extensions and excessive geographical changes been reduced, the movie would have probably been better than its predecessor.

The length of the film (plus the fact that it was a midnight showing) also played a big role in what I didn't like about this sequel. A solid 2.5hrs plus a few previews had Mike and some girls around me sleep during some of the more intricate story lines.

Overall I thought the movie was cool. Good blockbuster summer kind of film, but in trying to do more than the first film in the franchise, Transformers Revenge of the Fallen ultimately did a little less.

My Rating: 7.5 out of 10


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