Thursday, October 29, 2009

Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen

I've seen Transformers I, and now I've seen Transformers 2. And I still can't tell the difference between Bumblebee and Megan Fox. After all, they both have kind of a robotic acting style. And I sure can't tell the difference between the good robots and the bad robots. The bad robots tend to have a nasally voice, and they seem smarter than the good ones. But those are the only differences.

So it was with some trepidation that I approached the sequel to the almost billion-dollar franchise, Transformers. But I found that the writers and producers figured out what went wrong with number 1 and gave us what we wanted: more transformers.

So be prepared for CG in every scene. It must've been a real challenge for the actors. But the payoff is that you get transformers all the time. Good ones, bad ones, stupid ones, silly ones, rap-talking ones, well, they had to really dig deep into the transformers bucket to produce dozens of new and old robots who can turn themselves into lawnmowers.

Actually, I have never gotten over the fact that some little VW bug-sized car can transform into a really gigantic, walkin', talkin' robot. Isn't this against the principles of matter and energy? Oops, almost went the logic route, which is a no-no when you're watching such films. Leave the brain at home, and for God's sake, DON"T look for a plot!

The plot, loosely, is that some slivers of the old transformers were left behind and our young hero, played by Shia LaBeouf, is trying to stop it from evolving into something that can destroy the earth. There are lots of twists and turns along the way.

I enjoyed the film, as its effects are amazing and LaBeouf is very good at what he does, which is to allow us to wonder what a normal kid would do in such a fantastical circumstance. There are just too many battle scenes to keep everyone and everything straight, but I imagine that in most people's views, this is a positive.

This ain't Shakespeare, but it is entertaining chaos. Thumb's up.


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