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July 4, 2009

Daniel’s Critical Corner: “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen”

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 megan-fox-transformers-2[1] by you.
I’ve Fallen and I Can’t Get Up !

~ Hello Everyone ~
Welcome To Daniel’s Critical Corner !
Today’s Autobotography:  Transformers: Revenge
of the Fallen

  The sizzilin’ summer of 2009 continues to plow full speed ahead with  
“Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” tearing up the theaters !!!  It
 is “Indiana Jones” meets “The Fast and the Furious” !  And (in some
  places) it is rather along the lines of “Beverly Hills Chihuahua” meets 
the “Paris Hilton Sex Tape” !

Shocking but true.  Yes, here at “Critical Corner” that sort of thing
qualifies as quality entertainment !  For some odd reason, this new
“Transformers” installment features not one, but TWO dog humping
 scenes !  Oh, Michael Bay.  How you can delight and horrify at the
same time amazes me.

 I haven’t seen anything quite like this since the DVD of “Underdog:
 Unrated and Unleashed” came out !!!  Even before that, there was
  “Cujo: The Caligula Cut”.  These pooches really need to get a room.
  May I suggest “Hotel for Dogs” ?

 A sequel to 2007’s hugely successful “Transformers”, “ROTF” brings
 back all of our favorite robots !  Hmmm…  Let me see…  I dig these
 movies but I can’t remember every single name.  Heck, let’s give it
  a try !  There’s Dynamo and Megabot.  Um…  We have Supertramp 
 and Doppelganger…  Also Nickleback !!!  Isn’t there a Lion-O !?  My
 favorite is Star Search.  LOL ! 

   Once again, these characters (more or less) join forces with Megan 
   Fox and Shila Boof (or whatever his name is) in yet another grand 
   adventure.  This time around, our heroes have to battle an ancient 
  evil !!!  It just so happens that the Decepticons (bad robots) have
  been hiding out on Earth for centuries, waiting to wreak havoc on 
   the unsuspecting planet… 

 Sneaky buggers.  No wonder they are called “Decepticons”.  They
 even beat up on some innocent cave-dudes…  It almost made me
 feel bad for bashing “10,000 B. C.” !!!  Anyway…  These malicious
 machines are running amok, and there’s only one power that can
 stop them…  The Autobots !!!  To the uninitiated, the “Autobots”
  are good robots that transform into cars and other vehicles.

 

 ironhide[1] by you.

 Phew…  I’ve Got Some Bad Gas !

  

 * Warning:  If you are not enthralled yet, you probably should just 
    stop reading this…  Go watch “The Queen” and sip on some tea !!!    
 (I will admit, Helen Mirren earned the hell out of that Oscar).

  Leading the Autobots is one mean Mother Trucker they call “Optimus
  Prime” (voiced by Peter Cullen) !  He is just a tad worried because his
  arch-enemy “Megatron” has been pulled from his watery grave by the
  deplorable Decepticons and resurrected.  While doing so, they had to
  remove an octopus from his face !  Wait…  Maybe I’m thinking of that
“Paris Hilton” tape again.

    Prime starts to sweat diesel when he discovers Megatron is in cahoots
    with “The Fallen”, a metallic monster that wants to devour our sun !
     Talk about heartburn.  All of the “Pepto” in the universe couldn’t even 
begin to touch that.

     Meanwhile, back in the human’s world, Shila Boof plays Sam Witwickey
      (no, that is not a “Harry Potter” character).  He is way bummed to find 
      his brand new life at college interrupted by villains taking the shape of 
      assorted appliances and modes of transportation.  Sam’s also feeling a 
     little blue due to the fact that his girlfriend Mikaela (foxy Fox) is miles
 away.

      So what’s a guy to do ?  Experiment of course !  He hooks up with a 
      random chick packing “more than meets the eye” !!!  Yep.  Sam acts 
      shocked when the truth comes out…  “She” is actually an evil robot 
    with a long snakelike tongue (or something) that chases him around
     the campus.  Guess that’s what you call a “Transgender” !!!  “Rocky
    Horror” in disguise !!!  Surprisingly, no one throws up.

 

      TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN by you.
     Don’t Cha Wish Your Girlfriend Was A Bot Like Me ?

 

   Adding to this total insanity are Sam’s parents, crashing the scene “Old
   School” style.  His dad is just a big kid, and his mom accidentally ingests
   some pot and starts hitting on young studs !

     But before these hijinks can continue, our gang is whisked away to Egypt
    (of all places) to fight a giant vacuum cleaner.  Sam’s hand ends up being
      bandaged…  Yet they never really say why.  We are just led to believe he 
      was injured while en route to the Great Pyramids.  I don’t buy it.  In truth,
   he was probably bitten by Christian Bale !

      Against a harsh desert landscape, the Decepticons prepare to unveil their
        dastardly secret weapon.  Fortunately, Sam is packing a “secret weapon”  
      of his own…  A sockful of magic fairy dust !!!  I’m not exactly sure why it 
    works, but it does.  Maybe the Decepticons are allergic to it ?

       Major butt-kicking ensues after Optimus shows up with the Autobots and  
     the US Military.  There is one scene where it appears that Prime is dead…
       Several military guys run frantically towards his now lifeless hull, all whilst 
       someone brandishing a gun is screaming “Cover Optimus!”  (They proceed 
    to throw a blanket over him).  Classic !!!

      Plenty of blood and oil is spilled as gargantuan contraptions smack each
       other down in front of the Sphinx.  The Autobots eventually exhaust most
      of their possibilities, but they plod forward fueled by a vision of justice !!!

       When this film ended, I was just staring off into space, drooling.  Perhaps
       I went to “Robot Heaven”, a place Sam has the honor of visiting.  Let me
        honestly tell you, “ROTF” doesn’t make one lick of sense.  They should’ve 
      called it “ROFL”.  Nonetheless, it still manages to be ten tons of FUN.

        To be fair, movies like “No Country For Old Men” do not make much sense 
        when all is said and done either…  The Coen Brothers forgot to give that 
        little cinematic experiment an ending !  It was lauded as brilliant because 
        everything was left up for “interpretation”.  “Transformers” also leaves a 
       few questions unanswered,  but it somehow managed to get a gruesome
      public drubbing…  Go figure.   
                             
        Despite the poor reception, audiences across the globe seem to be taken
        by the film’s undeniable charm, myself included !  OK.  The plot is nothing
        worth writing home about.  But who cares ?  This flick boasts spellbinding
       special effects, a memorable cast and an abundance of witty dialog…  If
          possible, try not to focus on the junk in the trunk !

          Blemishes aside, “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” never falls flat !!!

         ~

        Would I Recommend This ?  Yes

          Daniel’s Critical Rating:  “7” out of “10” 

 

 

18 Comments »

  1. Caption under “Scary Alice’s” picture… Best. Caption. Ever. Too funny. I respect your take on TF2 but I just can’t find any affection for this “movie” (if you can call something this incomprehensible a “movie”). Maybe after the wildly fun and inventive “Star Trek” and “Up”, my expectations were just too high. TF:ROTF is a prime example of a pretty bad director absolutely unrestrained. I just can’t give TF2 a pass by saying, “well it’s just a popcorn movie, it’s supposed to be mindless fun”. Why can’t a movie be fun but also have a cohesive plot? It doesn’t have to ALL make sense, but a tiny, teeny little bit of story would have been great!

    Comment by RuSs — July 4, 2009 @ 4:39 pm | Reply

  2. Sheesh !!! Nothing wrong with mindless fun once in a while… When riding a roller
    coaster, do you bring a “Deepak Chopra” book along to give the experience more
    depth ?

    Comment by Daniel — July 4, 2009 @ 4:59 pm | Reply

  3. Loved your review! I got a huge kick out of you calling Optimus a “mean mother trucker”! Great stuff! I’m glad you enjoyed TF:ROTF! I personally had a great time watching it. I loved seeing my favorite childhood robotic heroes brought to life in such a realistic fashion. The special effects were amazing! I loved Optimus Prime’s entrance when he dove out of that airplane. He started in vehicle mode, transformed into robot mode, unleashed parachutes sporting Autobot symbols, landed and then transformed back into his truck mode! That was wicked cool! I also appreciated that Megatron was brought back and given a larger, more significant role this time around. I loved the banter between him and Starscream. I always loved when those two would go at it in the 80’s cartoon. I also got a kick out of Soundwave and Ravage’s film depictions… Oh, and Jetfire was way cool, too! They even remembered his history by stating that he started out as a Decepticon before switching sides! I guess I was just happy to see more robots showing up than the first movie. I will definitely be getting this on Blu-Ray the instant it comes out, so you can come over and watch it with me since (based on his little rant above!) Anyway, great review! I can always count on you to see the fun in everything! 🙂

    Comment by Chayne — July 4, 2009 @ 5:16 pm | Reply

  4. LOL ! Thanks Chayne ! I really got a kick out of “Bumblebee”. What kid wouldn’t like to start college with a car like that ?
    A nice looking ride that turns into a giant robot… You can’t beat it ! All I got when I went to school was my parent’s old
    1973 Pontiac Grand Ville. It looked like scrap metal and the only thing it ever transformed into was a stack of towing bills.

    I also thought the motorcycle concept was pretty cool. “Arcee” creates a hologram of some hot babe in leather riding on
    top ! (Smart move). It would have raised suspicions to see her zipping around town without anyone filling the seat !!! 😉

    Comment by Daniel — July 4, 2009 @ 5:20 pm | Reply

  5. So I watched this movie yesterday… Had to admit, I loved it too! I thought the new guy was a bit of a baby. He didn’t sit well with me at all. I didn’t think the college robot girl was pretty either, but what do I know. OH! My favorite part, I laughed out loud by myself, was when the little guy says, “You hot, but you ain’t too smart.” That was great! I found my new favorite phrase by an appliance. My question is, why is Optimus Prime still young if he is one of the oldest transformers, but the other guy, the old transformer, had apparently aged quite badly and needed a walking stick? That didn’t make too much sense to me. Anyway, it was a great review, great movie, loved the 3rd picture caption too! Classic! Keep it up!
    E&C

    Comment by Vanessa — July 6, 2009 @ 10:04 pm | Reply

  6. I’m glad you liked the movie (and my review) ! “Optimus Prime” maintains a youthful appearance thanks to “Pennzoil of Olay”.

    Comment by Daniel — July 6, 2009 @ 10:15 pm | Reply

  7. I’m not into the Transformers so this isn’t one I will see (not that I can get to a theater anyway) Heck I still haven’t seen Star Trek! and Harry Potter comes out soon! (I hope you review that one)

    Comment by deslily — July 7, 2009 @ 4:35 am | Reply

  8. To be honest, I didn’t know anything about “Transformers” until these movies came out. I never watched the cartoons.
    So, give it a chance one of these days (you just might convert) !!! “Star Trek” is really worth the wait… And I will do a
    “Harry Potter” review !

    Trivia: Orson Welles’ last film project (before passing away at age 70) was providing his voice for 1986’s animated “The
    Transformers: The Movie” !

    Comment by Daniel — July 7, 2009 @ 8:12 am | Reply

  9. I couldn’t agree with ya more. This is a summer movie all the way. No time to think, just keep throwing the robots at us. Only 2 things drag down this popcorn flick…too much gobbley-gook about the Fallen and why he has returned and those two AWFUL Jar Jar Binks wannabe’s that almost spoil the film. Other than that…it was a blast! Only summer movie better is Star Trek so far this season! Great review dude!

    Comment by Alan — July 8, 2009 @ 9:37 pm | Reply

  10. Robots RULE !!! Yes, there was lots of “gobbley-gook”… It seemed at
    times like the film was being directed by a couple of kids while playing
    with their “Transformers” action figures (making everything up as they
    went along)… Other times, it seemed like the film was not even being
    directed at all. But darn if it wasn’t a hoot !!! Thanks Alan ! 🙂

    Comment by Daniel — July 9, 2009 @ 8:59 am | Reply

  11. This isn’t a film it is a feature length General Motors advertisement. It is over long and has the most ridiculously thin plot. It looks like they sat around thinking of all the fun things they could do for the big robot set pieces and then constructed a story to link them together, poorly. The biggest problem is that there is no sense of any of the main characters (human or robot) ever being in any danger of getting hurt. Even when they appear dead you know they will be okay. Anyone who had any doubts about this was well and truly corrected when they resurrected Megatron. If they can resurrect him the good guys where always going to be safe.

    I have nothing against blockbusters. I enjoyed the first Transformers and of this seasons crop Star Trek was really good. Terminator wasn’t as bad as you say but this film was just dire.

    Comment by fandangogroovers — July 11, 2009 @ 5:45 am | Reply

  12. LOL @ General Motors !!! Neither “Terminator” nor “Transformers” can be accused of being High Art…
    “Star Trek” is leading the pack (quality wise) but there wasn’t any sense of the main characters being
    in danger there either. Somehow, I knew Kirk and Spock would make it to the sequel.

    Comment by Daniel — July 11, 2009 @ 7:05 am | Reply

  13. ohhh interesting trivia on orson welles! i will look forward to the harry potter review.. as much as i loved all the books and loved the movies up until now, I do have to say that their putting this one off so long has dampened my want of the movie somewhat. (not entirely because I do like the actors and actresses enough to want to see it)..

    Comment by deslily — July 11, 2009 @ 7:57 am | Reply

  14. On the other side of the coin, waiting so long has some fans worked up into
    a frenzy. My favorite “Harry Potter” flick (to date) is “Prisoner of Azkaban” !

    Glad you liked my trivia… All’s Welles that ends Welles. 🙂

    Comment by Daniel — July 11, 2009 @ 8:02 am | Reply

  15. Very good review..Transgender? LMAO!!You do have a natural ability to describe movies very well.
    I listened to my best friend’s advice, 🙂 and took the movie with a grain of salt. I couldn’t do it. Sorry..I think my expectations are still through the roof due to an incredible flick like Star Trek. I thought this movie had poor jokes, and I wanted to knock off the parents after a while. Enough is enough with the annoying parent scenes. That was Michael Bay’s way of ‘filling’ this super long movie. The movie was way too long. The new characters are not memorable, and there were so many robots at the end, I got confused. I did like the special effects once in Egypt..but what I really want to know is..what brand lipstick does Megan Fox have on??? I want some of that!!!!! I mean after all the smoke and blowing up and transporting to another country, MY GOSH, her lipstick stayed on perfect!!!

    Comment by Gayle — July 14, 2009 @ 12:55 pm | Reply

  16. I thought the jokes were pretty funny… I was not expecting the humor, or the “Road Trip” kind of
    vibe. Whenever a movie surprises me like that, I am (usually) pleased. A film about gigantic robots
    should never take itself too seriously. Indeed, Megan Fox could have said something profound, and
    all of the Transformers could have wore “Hello My Name Is” stickers… But then it would have been
    without that certain charm ! “Star Trek” and “Up” are the best films out so far this year, no doubt
    in my mind. Yet both films have some heavy-handed scenes. I like going to the movies without my
    box of tissues once in a while !!!

    The lipstick Megan Fox wears is by “CoverGirl International” (also known as “CGI”). 😉

    Comment by Daniel — July 14, 2009 @ 1:40 pm | Reply

  17. As usual fantastic review. Hilarious while still making the necessary points to convey the movies successes and failures. I enjoyed it too. I was let down in places I didn’t expect to be and found entertainment in places I wouldn’t have imagined. I thought it was a lot of fun and definitely worth seeing in the theatre for the scene in woods alone. Bay might not win at everything but few can compete with his FX. Those Bots were BAD ASS.

    Comment by Heather — July 15, 2009 @ 7:58 am | Reply

  18. Thank you Heather ! 🙂 Almost everyone I have talked to regarding this film LOVES the awesome
    fight scene in the woods… I’d be more than happy to catch “Transformers” on the big screen one
    more time just for that !!!

    Comment by Daniel — July 16, 2009 @ 5:10 pm | Reply


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