After I saw Transformers 2 Revenge of the Fallen, I had a lot of blah feelings for this film. Quite frankly the quality of the content left me underwhelmed. The quality feels suppressed in favor of stylistic looks: Sexy actress (Megan Fox), fighting robots, and the start of a hero’s journey. Transformers 2 looks fantastic on the big screen, yet refuses to offer the reader a glimmer of a worthy plot, realistic characters or even fun. It does offer some racist imagery disguised as the comedy relief duo of the robot duo Skids and Mudflap.
I wanted to love this film. I came to the theater with a positive expectation. After all, writers Roberto Orci, Alex Kurtzman worked on the 2009 Star Trek film, and I loved that film. Star Trek had the right mix of cast and story. I left the theater loving the experience and wanting more.
I wanted to believe that the writers grew in leaps and bounds from the first Transformers film, and would infuse Transformers 2 with the power they gave Star Trek.
What I saw was a very incoherent story along with some rather annoying characters. I was willing to deal with Sam’s (Shia LaBeouf) spazzy personality, and he contrasts Mikaela’s (Megan Fox) calm personality, but it pushes from to uneven and unrealistic. It’s not even fun to watch.
My question to myself is how toes Sam keep this gorgeous woman? Would he not do what she asked? When Mikaela asks Sam why he can’t say “I love you,” and Sam refuses to say it, I knew that he took her for granted. That rung so untrue.
I question the use of certain returning characters, such as Major William Lennox (Josh Duhamel), Robert Epps (Tyrese Gibson), and Seymour Simmons (John Turturro). I felt they were added not for continuity, but simply because they could be. I saw no point in where their characters or the acting could be useful to the plot. I saw a contractual obligation, and not a hint of usefulness in their roles.
Skids and Mudflap did not come off as funny, but rather annoying, racist, and very useless to the plot. In comparison Jar Jar Bink’s pales to the ghetto stank of Skids and Mudflap. Somewhere they are supposed to funny, but the laughs are with them, they are at the duo.
I do love the effects. I think they look great. Seeing Optimus Prime in action looked more than impressive. He kicked robot butt, however, that one scene does not make the film work, nor does it make the film worth watching.