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143. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Published July 5, 2011

Fast Facts

Title: Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Director: Michael Bay Year: 2009 Run time: 2hrs 30

Background Info

After watching the first film in the series, and not being completely put off, we decided to watch the second almost immediately afterwards, to see where they went with the story, to see more excellent CGI, and to see if Megan Fox learned how to act.

Live Blog

00:01:26 - Their quest to protect the humans… but the threat should have gone by now, otherwise the first movie was a waste. 00:03:53 - Fergie’s husband is a good looking chap.** ** 00:07:24 - Mr C and I already struggling with: “Is that a good one or a bad one?” 00:07:54 - They’re not being very subtle again. 00:12:50 - It’s just like Gremlins! Crazy creatures scuttling about the kitchen. 00:16:45 - Bumble Bee can cry?** ** 00:18:02 - Can we have more fighting less smooching please?** ** 00:25:00 - “What if we leave, and you’re wrong?” 00:29:30 - Never let your parents come to college.** **00:32:08 - A load of separate mini transformers can make one big one?** **00:37:08 - This film gets more and more like Herbie. 00:38:30 - “Fate rarely calls upon us at a moment of our choosing.”** ** 00:42:43 - What is that! There is something more important than Megatron?** ** 00:49:08 - The robots seem to have more personality this time out.** **00:51:33 - It can’t be a person.** ** 00:58:20 - How do they act something like that? Pulling at his mouth and everything. 01:00:08 - Perhaps this is the reason for deforestation. 01:01:27 - It’s a bit Lord of the Rings. Everything’s a remix.** ** 01:03:36 - Interesting they show tiny bits, like Fergie’s chap getting the bad news. No time for real emotion, but just to know it happened. 01:06:59 - That’s just like Titanic. Is there an original idea in this movie? 01:08:54 - They hinted at President Bush in the first film, now Obama gets a namecheck. 01:14:27 - “We don’t really do much reading.”** ****** 01:30:27 - Not many films take a good few minutes out to explain the situation.** ** 01:42:42 - Bumble Bee, quite literally, banged their heads together. 01:45:39 - Optimus Prime, parachuting in. 01:48:52 - Now I’m worried because he didn’t talk about his baby. 01:51:19 - Did a Transformer just break a pyramid? 01:53:40 - Woah, that’s even more mega than Megatron.** **02:03:45 - Lots of metal fighting metal again.** **02:06:01 - That is an epic army hovercraft.** **02:14:01 - First time I’ve actually felt the emotion in two entire movies. 02:17:09 - But he JUST said it wasn’t a thing, it was earned. They didn’t earn it, so how can they have the thing? 02:18:14 - Now he must be a flying truck. 02:21:53 - Another speech from Optimus, off he goes on his soapbox.

Conclusions

I have almost the same feelings about this one as I did the last. Great CGI, not so great acting from all involved, and a story that could have been so much more but had terrible flaws throughout.

There were better moments - I liked the robots with extra personality, some of the scenes between the college roommate and the butcher chap (I didn’t really get any names), more good looking cinematography.

There were also terrible bits - apparently Transformers aren’t meant to take over humans, there was an epic CGI fail at the end that took us out of the action, and some far too emotional bits for a hard-hearted person like me.

Overall, the same as the first, in that I mostly enjoyed it, felt a bit let down at times, felt it could be a lot better, but not completely put off. I think I liked this one a little better, and I’m intrigued to see what the third offers, especially when it’s missing Ms Fox.

Rating: 3/5

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