Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen Review
Transfromers: Revenge of the Fallen is devestatingly entertaining. I saw the midnight showing of The Movie at Orlando Universal Citywalk on Wednesday. The military scenes are golden perfection. I found myself wanting to fast forward through a lot of the Witwicky shtick and spend more time with Lennox, Iron Hide, Epps, and Sideswipe. The climactic battle had everything giant robots are about: Heroes fending off a seige of evil bots with the fate of the world caught in the crossfire. Give the heroes tanks and giant robots of their own and I get one of my new favorite movie battles.
Optimus Prime and Megatron are the real standout characters who get much more characterization than the first movie, even with Optimus being out-of-commission through a good chunk of the movie. Starscream also got some nice screentime. I wish I could trade in some of the Witwicky family's screentime for more Op, Megs, and Screamer. In ROTF many classic characters are expertly updated yet still have the 'heart' of the originals. Soundwave and Ravage are handled beautifully, especially Ravage attacking the All Spark storage facility. I absolutely love Jetfire. An engaging, likable character with a great origin and hints of the original character: he is a Decepticon turncoat who values life and freedom.
My main complaint is the low-brow humor, which I don't find humorus. I had the same complaint with the first movie. I just don't want my giant fighting robots associated with that kind of stuff. I know why the filmmakers added the potty humor, it got lots of laughs in my theater and it gives the film the edginess teenagers so desperatly search out in their quest to feel grown-up. Even as a teenager I never had a desire to assert my maturity with immature humor. Class it up a bit.
Overall, Revenge of the Fallen deserves it's position among modern action hits. I may do a more extinsive review and anlysis later but I wanted to get my initial thoughts online.