I went to watch Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen at SilverCity with Esmond yesterday afternoon. It was an awesome movie, much better than the first, and included a lot of Transformers lore based loosely from the comics. I don’t know why it scored so low on many movie sites, but I would attribute it to people who (a) don’t like Transformers or big robots, (b) don’t like Michael Bay or any of the performers, or (c) have a complex about wasting their time giving negative reviews (and listen to your mother – if you have nothing nice to say, it’s better not to say anything at all). Possible spoiler after the jump.
Anyway, great movie, and the plot line was great as well. They didn’t mention Primus or Unicron, but maybe it might be another twist for the third movie. One thing I do have to nitpick about is the personality some of the Transformers portrayed. Ironhide had some speaking lines, as did Ratchet, but as for all the new Autobots that were introduced save for the twins, they were pretty much background ornaments (but they transformed). Bumblebee still couldn’t speak for the entire movie, but he kicked some major Decepticon ass. The twins were also humorous, as they spoke like a couple of guys from the ghetto. Optimus’ death near the beginning of the movie was shocking, and it sucked that he was missing for a big chunk of the movie, but his incredible fight scenes more than made up for it. Gone is the ragdoll that got tossed around in the first movie, and it made way for a battle-ready Prime that dealt out the ass-kickery. His final fight with the Fallen, Megatron, and Starscream simultaneously was incredible. “I stand, you fall.”
Wheelie and Jetfire were hilarious as former Decepticons turned Autobots. I kind of wished Wheelie was a bigger bot like his 1980’s animated counterpart, but it wasn’t a big deal. The Fallen looked like an Egyptian pharoah, which I had mixed feelings about.
The dynamic between Megatron and Starscream was improved a great deal in this one. Starscream is portrayed as the coward he has been known for, but not as the conniving bastard that he actually is. Megatron continues to treat Starscream like an idiot and beats him around a bit too. Another pleasant surprise was Soundwave’s appearance… as voiced by Frank Welker!! I’m glad Bay gave him a role, and although Soundwave sounded like Dr. Claw from Inspector Gadget, it was still an awesome nod. Ravage was pretty cool, too.
The final coup de grace was the inclusion of the Matrix of Leadership! That was an awesome part when they mentioned it, and Esmond was shocked to hear it.
So, as Esmond would say, on a scale of awesome to not awesome, this movie was awesome. There were plenty of Transformers, plenty of kicking butt, and plenty of “gruesome” bot death scenes. I give it a 9.5 out of 10. Roll out!