Wednesday, July 15, 2009

A Movie A Day

So, I know I'm sporadic on this thing, but I'm going to try something new. For the next few days, I will post a movie review a day. Or I won't. Sometimes life happens. But that's the goal. There's too many reviews to do them all in one day. They will be in no particular order. Today's movie: "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen".

This is an interesting movie to review. I liked the first move but I didn't love it. I just had too many problems with the plot. Yes I know it's based on a cartoon. But for whatever reason, I just thought some of the problems could've been fixed with a line or two. Was it really a smart idea to hide the little spark thingy in the middle of a populated city -- where robots could wreak crazy havoc? No it's not a good idea. How about in the middle of an abandoned desert. That's a better idea.

Speaking of abandoned deserts that where most of this movie takes place. I quite liked all of the robot fighting. But I think they could've taken out 5-7 minutes of robot fighting from the desert scenes and we'd have all lived. Also they could've taken out the entire parents subplot and the scene in China and I would've liked the movie even more.

Another thing about this movie is it's very sexualized. Isn't this a movie about toy robots. Do we really need everything to be sexy?

So you're asking yourself, did he like the movie, or not? I'm going to go with yes. I had so many people tell me that the movie wasn't any good that I went in with low expectations and was I kind of surprised by how not completely sucky it was.

So let me write a list of reasons to see the movie and reasons to not see it.. so you can decide for yourself if this movie is for you.

Reasons to see the "Transformers":

Big robots fighting
Great special effects
The plot makes more sense than the original. Although it is convoluted.
John Turturro doesn't suck in this movie like he did in the last one.
Lots of pretty ladies.
Big explosions
Big Robots fighting
Rainn Wilson

Reasons to not see the movie:

The twin robots
Too sexualized for children
The mom gets high for no apparent plot reason
Two dogs hump for no apparent reason
It's too long (a lot of scenes could've been excised and not hurt the movie)
The dialogue, especially between Shia and Megan

The fact that somehow the government was able to hide from the public the events of the first movie -- I mean come on -- No one noticed L.A. was destroyed by giant robots. If that happened in real life you can bet it would've been all over the news, not to mention youtube, facebook, etc.

CrOW is watching giant robots destroy L.A.


Calvin Smooth said...

Good review. Have not yet seen this epic equivilent to chewing a whole bag of double bubble, and probably won't. I don't like how the the double bubble gets hard as cement after about 10 minutes, although the original blast of sugar gets ya going like no other gum can. Special effects are awesome, but I gotta have some more. Megan fox counts as a special effect, and somehow they can't get here to act any better than those robots it appears. I will wait til video if anything.

I am excited for the weirdness that is Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes. I hope I am not wrong about its awesomeness.

CRoW said...

I agree, Calvin Smooth. Transformers is exactly the the equivalent of bubble gum. No substance but fun while it lasts. And yes Sherlock Holmes looks pretty cool.

Nells-Bells said...

another reason this movie stunk? robot heaven. i mean...really?? really. witwicky is going to have an out-of-body experience and venture off to robot heaven to visit the prime robots that have gone on before?!?! really?!?!?!

CRoW said...

Yeah, I agree, Nells, hilarious.