24 June 2009

"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" - reviews

If you are thinking of seeing this movie, you probably should first read the comments of the inimitable Roger Ebert:
"Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" is a horrible experience of unbearable length, briefly punctuated by three or four amusing moments. One of these involves a dog-like robot humping the leg of the heroine. Such are the meager joys…

The plot is incomprehensible. The dialog of the Autobots, Deceptibots and Otherbots is meaningless word flap… They share the film with human characters who are much more interesting, and that is very faint praise indeed...

Now [Michael Bay] has made "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen." Faust made a better deal. This isn't a film so much as a toy tie-in

The human actors… make speeches like this one by John Turturro: "Oh, no! The machine is buried in the pyramid! If they turn it on, it will destroy the sun! Not on my watch!" There are many great-looking babes in the film, who are made up to a flawless perfection and look just like real women, if you are a junior fanboy whose experience of the gender is limited to lad magazines…
More at the link. British reviewers are equally uncharitable:
"Like watching paint dry while getting hit over the head with a frying pan!" (Bradshaw, Guardian); "Sums up everything that is most tedious, crass and despicable about modern Hollywood!" (Tookey, Daily Mail); "A giant, lumbering idiot of a movie!" (Edwards, Daily Mirror).


  1. I thought the first movie was a little weak and I can't stand Shia LeBouf. (If I didn't spell his name right, sorry, but I can't stand him anyway.) I had no plans to see the movie. I'll head over to Surf The Channel and watch the old cartoons instead.

  2. can I just say "ouch!"? That's gonna ruin a career or two, it sounds like.

  3. @ Mike - I doubt that any heads will roll. Hollywood movies like this aren't really created to impress adults or critics. As Ebert says, they are intended to sell toys. I bet if you browse the Facebook or Twitter-sphere, you'll find plenty of "awesome" evaluations among the demographics where it counts...


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