As I sat with Mike & Veer Wednesday night after seeing Tranformers: Revenge of the Fallen, I realized while yes it is easy to point out all the flaws of this movie, you should just take it as the summer action flick it’s supposed to be. Doing so will allow your inner teenage self to enjoy those big butt-kicking, transforming robots we grew up with and loved.
Teenage boys worldwide were feeling transformations during this scene.
Michael Bay does what he’s known for and what he does best: provide big explosions and memorable action scenes. The Tokyo scene in the beginning shows us just that. Personally my fav has to be the forest scene, where Bay gave us pure robot vs robot action with a little heart when the scene ended.
Almost all of the original cast returns here and I’m not just talking about the heroic Autobot leader Optimus Prime, the Decepticon leader Megatron, or even the sniveling sidekick Starscream. Shia LaBeouf once again plays Sam Witwicky, the main human focus who the Autobots have befriended. LaBeouf plays off his looks and charm throughout the movie, best demonstrated in the scenes where he interacts with his girlfriend, Megan Fox’s Mikaela who provides what she can- eye candy. As comic relief, John Turturro returns to throw humor in. Even though he seems to try too hard for laughs at times, the stun gun scene with Ramon Rodriguez, providing this film’s comedic sidekick version of Anthony Anderson, was amusing as he too gives us his own funny stun gun scene. Bay provides us with his own version of Star War’s Jar Jar Binks in Wheelie and Skids, bumbling twin Autobots. Plus an amusing cameo by Rainn Wilson gives us some laughs. To me the standout here is Jetfire, an old cranky war-vet who is an old school Decepticon turned Autobot, Blackbird warjet.
Overall the film could have been better, but on the other side of the coin, it could have been worse. I’m going to take the middle road here and give it 3 out of 5 pitchforks. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen should be taken for what it is: a mindless action flick to appease the eyes and not the brain.