Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (review)

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The Empire Strikes Out

I’m certain that someday it will be acknowledged that Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is like the most totally awesome artifact ever of the end of the American empire. It’s so us, a preposterously perfect reflection of who we are: loud, obnoxious, sexist, racist, juvenile, unthinking, visceral, and violent… and in love with ourselves for it. And Michael Bay is the high priest of our self-engrossment. It’s not enough that we like blowing shit up: the blowing shit up must be transubstantiated into something religious by having, say, a ridiculously gorgeous girl humping a motorcycle, her face aglow in the golden hour of sunset as she watches the shit get blown up, her glossy lips parted just a little in orgasmic joy.

What we have right here is the Easter Island statue of our legacy. People 1,000 years from now will gaze at Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen in wonder and mystery and marvel how we just couldn’t see. How could we not see?

I liked the first Transformers, two summers ago. It worked because it pretended to absolutely nothing, aspired to absolutely nothing beyond being a big dumb loud brainless advertisement for toys. Unlike every other propagandistic Michael Bay film, which all revel in their jingoism about justice or patriotism or heroism, Transformers felt no need to bother.

If only Hollywood could have left well enough alone. Of course, in Hollywood, “well enough alone” means you wear out a franchise with 12 movies, until even the fanboys are complaining that it’s stupid and a budget-bloated sequel finally bankrupts the studio. We’re nowhere near that, though. Transformer 3 is coming soon to a theater near you, you may rest assured of that.

I was ready for Revenge to be as agreeably inconsequential as the first film, and I was perfectly happy to be enjoying that it’s so completely fuckin’ bonkers from the get-go, when we discover that the alien robot things have been on Earth from 17,000 BC, when they apparently fought off Stargate SG-1’s Goa’uld or something for the right to pick on the poor uncivilized cavepeople natives. But then I got lost beyond that, for — unlike the first movie — this one either assumes that you’re steeped in the laughable mythos that Hasbro invented for its toys, or else screenwriters Ehren Kruger (The Brothers Grimm, The Skeleton Key) and the team of Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek, Mission: Impossible III) invented a new laughable mythos. I’m not an eight-year-old boy, and I wasn’t in the 1980s either, so I don’t know which is which.

It’s something to do with an ancient bloodfeud between the good robots (the Autobots) and the bad robots (the Decepticons). You can tell which are the good robots — they have blue eyes and are nice and round and shiny and look like Japanese motorcycles or something Paul Walker drove in Fast & Furious or gas-guzzling, all-American pickup trucks manufactured by companies now in bankruptcy — and you can tell which are the bad robots: they’re very pointy and have red eyes. Beyond that, there’s a lot of high-falutin’ about wrongs done eons ago and such: it’s impossible to understand 90 percent of the Transformers’ dialogue, which is probably a blessing, because the other 10 percent sounds like Gandalf explaining to Frodo about the Ring, or Darth Vader grumbling about the damn Jedi Knights, but without the gravitas of either.

Apparently the good robots have discovered that Shia LaBeouf is Indiana Jones’s kid, because they send him on a mission to find an ancient doohickey from 17,000 BC in the North African desert. And luckily his superhot girlfriend (Megan Fox: How to Lose Friends and Alienate People) is along to gape in ecstatic joy at stuff blowing up and blue-eyed robots and red-eyed robots beating one another up over the ancient whatchamacallit, which is supposed to have the power to do something-or-other.

To call Revenge incoherent and bloated is to put it kindly. To say that Michael Bay fetishizes slow-motion and we still can’t see what the hell is happening the half the time is probably something he’d take as a compliment. But eventually I got so bored — for these two and a half hours feel much, much longer than the same two and a half hours the first movie consumed — that I lost track of the number of testicle jokes and taser jokes that flew by. The target audience will be pleased to know, perhaps, that yes: one joke combines testicles and tasers. It’s like the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup of frat-boy humor. But it’s all good, because, you see, even though a Decepticon snatches the American flag from the Brooklyn Bridge as a show of contempt for us puny humans, it’s back later. America rules! Take that, Decepticons!

Welcome to Easter Island.

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Rykker
Rykker
Tue, Jun 23, 2009 11:39am

I didn’t realize that there was a ridiculously gorgeous girl* in this. Because if there actually was, there might be a chance of me seeing it on DVD someday.
But since there isn’t, then I won’t be.

*People keep using some variation of that phrase when speaking of Megan Fox, but I do not think it means what they think it means.

MaryAnn
MaryAnn
Tue, Jun 23, 2009 11:45am

I don’t want to pick on Megan Fox — the poor girl cannot help what she looks like.

I’m picking on Bay for using her as he does.

Kim_cool
Kim_cool
Tue, Jun 23, 2009 11:48am

Thank you, the first paragraph is the best material I’ve seen in a movie review of the 21st Century so far, maybe the best ever.

Whisky Tango Foxtrot
Whisky Tango Foxtrot
Tue, Jun 23, 2009 12:00pm

I haven’t seen this movie (I hated the first one and have no desire to subject myself to its sequel) but I was an eight year-old boy in the 1980s and I can say for certain that there were no Egyptian tie-ins in the original mythos.

The original mythos could get pretty convoluted at times (although it was Marvel Comics that came up with most of it, not Hasbro) but it seems that Bay needed to muddy things up even further this time around.

There were no testicle jokes in the original mythos either, just so you know.

JoshDM
JoshDM
Tue, Jun 23, 2009 12:14pm

Fox had to go and ruin herself with some awful tattoos.

JohnSmith
JohnSmith
Tue, Jun 23, 2009 12:16pm

honestly im not sure why you saw the movie if ur not a transformers fan in general. i felt this movie was more of a fan service than the last, catering to those who knew the show and toys. i can agree a lot is mindless at times but thats the fun of it. Since i was 5 when the toys n show first came out, i guess i relate much better than you and can enjoy the fan service.

JoshDM
JoshDM
Tue, Jun 23, 2009 12:18pm

Also, these movies have soured the Transformers mythos (there’s a mythos? Why, yes there is!) for me.

amanohyo
amanohyo
Tue, Jun 23, 2009 12:53pm

JohnSmith, did you read the review? It clearly states that she liked the first movie. It is also her job is to review movies and she specializes in geeky scifi, and this is one of the biggest movies of the summer. How can a man of your age honestly be confused about why she would choose to watch this movie? It’s baffling.

Like you, I was also crazy about the G1 Transformers when I was a kid, both the toys and the comics. I can’t speak for all fans, but it takes a lot more than mindless fan service to satisfy me. Luckily, I don’t respect these movies enough to let them sour the Transformers mythos; I just treat them like the Star Wars prequels and pretend they don’t exist.

Oh, I wanted to ask someone who’s seen the movie, are there any of Michael Bay’s trademarked hilarious racial stereotype jokes? I’ve been waiting ten years for him to grow out of that lazy, insulting shit, and it hasn’t happened yet. If the reports of testicles getting tasered are accurate, my hopes are not high.

Jon Kapp
Jon Kapp
Tue, Jun 23, 2009 1:34pm

I truly hope that the box office numbers for this stupid film will be low.

In short, I hope that the American public will prove your review wrong.

I have some faith that most people do not like their intelligence insulted, especially sci-fi fans.

There was another film from a few years ago that had a lot of action, big explosions, good robot vs bad robot plot line, funny one-liners, helicopters, motorcycles, all that….but this film was much more intelligent, the camera shots were more fluid, the einematography was more coherant, and action scenes were well paced and clearly defined, where the scene didnt seem to fly all over the place until no one knows what the heck is going on…and oh yeah, this previous movie had many groundbreaking CGI effects.

That film was T2. When action/adventure filmmakers start to get back to those basics, things will improve.

In the meantime, I do not want to see Transformers. I will make a conscious effort not to rent it later when it comes out. and I certainly wont buy the DVD, not even in the inevitable discount bin.

The release of “Moon” has some hopes up for me as a much more well made Sci Fi film (on a vastly smaller budget).

Meantime, if the American people stay home on this one, we’ll be better off for it as people.

I won’t hold my breath, though.

Whisky Tango Foxtrot
Whisky Tango Foxtrot
Tue, Jun 23, 2009 1:46pm

Of course, I can’t let that Lord of the Rings comparison go by without linking to this.

Paul
Paul
Tue, Jun 23, 2009 2:14pm

Well, Foxtrot, that just goes to show that the same stories are being told again and again; the difference is in the telling.

As for Megan and her motorcycle, I’ve heard that some women do get excited on a motorcycle. Of course, my source was Roseanne Barr, so take that for what it was.

stryker1121
stryker1121
Tue, Jun 23, 2009 3:00pm

I’m really gonna try to avoid this one despite my affinity for giant explosions and giant robots beating the hell out of each other. MaryAnn gave the first Transformers far too much credit…i thought it was as dumb, loud and obnoxious as she criticizes the sequel to be. Put simply, Bay is one of those directors who has nobody in his ear to tell him if an idea sucks. he just plasters anything that comes into his head onscreen, much as Lucas seemed to do w/ the Star Wars prequels.

Kenny
Kenny
Tue, Jun 23, 2009 3:12pm

Hmm.. as a movie, I quite believe this sucks. I’m willing to bet the dialogue is corny as hell and the storyline will make me want to tear out my eyeballs… unfortunately if it’s got a giant robot in it, I have to see it. :(

(If they’d put a big stompy robot in Gigli I’d have gone to see it…)

Kenny
Kenny
Tue, Jun 23, 2009 3:13pm

(Oh and for my feelings on Michael Bay… please see my Armageddon rant in the movies you find insulting thread.)

derek T
derek T
Tue, Jun 23, 2009 3:23pm

Writing a review on a movie on transforming robots and aliens really requires trashing Americans and putting up ridiculously overstated and off-based stereotypes?

I’m curious which gets more rolling eyes… the over-the-top garbage in the movie or your hack review

Sarah
Sarah
Tue, Jun 23, 2009 4:08pm

Maryann, you have quite a thing for claiming that movies you don’t like presage/herald/encapsulate the downfall of our civilization. I don’t like bad movies either, but…really?

Victor Plenty
Victor Plenty
Tue, Jun 23, 2009 5:03pm

If you must see this movie, or any other stupid movie just because it’s got giant robots or big explosions, then please for the love of all that’s good in the universe, just don’t see it on its opening weekend. That’s all I ask.

Professional reviewers have to see movies as early as they can. The rest of us can stay away from bad movies on opening weekend. First weekend box office is currently the most important measure of any big budget action picture’s success. In public the studios will just blame any resulting losses on “piracy” and “stealing” but they’ll know the real reason if we stand together and stop the worst of the crap from setting new box office records.

If you send the message this way, you can still see any movie you want. You don’t have to boycott all movies, or sacrifice the entire big screen experience. Just avoid the opening weekend for bad movies.

That’s it. Simple. No opening weekend for bad movies.

Kenny
Kenny
Tue, Jun 23, 2009 5:43pm

Hehe.. I’ll go with you on that one Vitcor. Well, to be fair, I live in Scotland, where it came out last week. The fact that I’ve not seen it already means I won’t see it on opening weekend.

Also.. don’t get me wrong.. I won’t see any old movie just because of explosions. Really…. it’s got to be robots.

MaryAnn
MaryAnn
Tue, Jun 23, 2009 5:54pm

are there any of Michael Bay’s trademarked hilarious racial stereotype jokes?

Yes.

Writing a review on a movie on transforming robots and aliens really requires trashing Americans and putting up ridiculously overstated and off-based stereotypes?

Not all the movies I don’t like. But when the movie itself celebrates stereotypes, and the people being stereotyped will surely flock to it… then yes.

I’d be delighted if I was proven wrong about what Americans like, and this movie flopped.

JoshDM
JoshDM
Tue, Jun 23, 2009 6:50pm

I’m not going to see this, but it’s not my fault the people are driven like cattle to see this crap.

bzero
Tue, Jun 23, 2009 6:58pm

Very doubtful it’s going to flop. It’s so weird to have mixed feelings about that, as a huge Transformers fan since 1984. I was so disappointed that the 1986 animated Transformers movie was considered a flop, and I wished there was a way for something I loved to have more mass appeal… unfortunately, you have to be careful for what you wish!

Ryan
Ryan
Tue, Jun 23, 2009 7:31pm

Oh, if only this would flop. What a wonderful world that would be.

doa766
doa766
Tue, Jun 23, 2009 8:00pm

does anyone else here think that Megan Fox is not that attractive?

she’s pretty an all but IMO she has a sort of “deep fried” look, overtly tan, too much make up and hair care

it’s interesting to note that all the comments are about how “hot” she is and how great her body is but nobody says that she’s beautiful, because she’s not, Natalie Portman and Keira Kinghtley are beautiful, Megan is “hot” and trashy and it’s for guys with bad taste in women

but that’s just my opinion, if it wasn’t for all the articles and comments she would’ve go unnoticed to me in the first Transformers and no different than any of the dime-a-dozen girls playing a damsel in distress in movies

for example the blonde lead from Hostel 2, she’s much hotter than Megan Fox and much prettier, I think her name is Bijou Phillips but no one noticed her, and that’s one of many many examples

maybe it’s just because Transformers was so popular and it has very little to do with how she looks and it’s all just advertising that make people find her more attractive than what she really is

PaulW
Tue, Jun 23, 2009 8:10pm

The pity of it is that this movie will not flop. For all intents, this month of June was relatively free of “shit blowing up” films (instead the majority were shitty comedy films and – THANK GOD – a Pixar film) and so there’s a huge swath of 13-to-53 yrs hungering to see any kind of shit blowing up. Especially since well at least here in North Pinellas County FL Star Trek – a shit blowing up movie that actually had a plot and good actors – is not in the local AMC stadium seating theater, so there’s no fallback plan.

Can’t we fans sue for ownership rights at some point and make our own $200 million shit blowing up movie for Transformers 3? Maybe if we can vote for the next director. I’ll campaign for the job. If we can get *me* in the director’s chair, I promise you 90 percent less Shia, 150 percent more Grimlock, and 200 percent more OH HELL YES. >:-)

D
D
Tue, Jun 23, 2009 8:14pm

Sarah:”MaryAnn, you have quite a thing for claiming that movies you don’t like presage/herald/encapsulate the downfall of our civilization.” She didn’t say the end of civilisation. She said the end of the “american empire”.
(sight)You americans…

doa766
doa766
Tue, Jun 23, 2009 8:29pm

the NYT review very cleverly pointed out how this movie shows several GM cars as symbols the american industrial might

Bay is clueless

Bongwater
Tue, Jun 23, 2009 10:53pm

Films like these make me really miss Jim Cameron.

JoshB
JoshB
Tue, Jun 23, 2009 11:30pm

it’s interesting to note that all the comments are about how “hot” she is and how great her body is but nobody says that she’s beautiful, because she’s not, Natalie Portman and Keira Kinghtley are beautiful, Megan is “hot” and trashy and it’s for guys with bad taste in women

Yeah, she’ll only get ogled by troglodytes and die lonely. She’s definitely not beautiful in the proper way that attracts nice guys with good taste in women. What a trashy skank.

PaulW
Wed, Jun 24, 2009 12:01am

Can we stop insulting Megan Fox? She’s not the problem with this film. Michael Bay and the screenwriters and the producers are the problem with this film. Spielberg? Spielberg, what the bleep is wrong with you??? Last year you nuke the fridge, this year you… augh! Whatever crazy pill Lucas took from 1999 onwards apparently is being shared with his buddy Steve. Just put the paycheck down, Mr. Spielberg, you aren’t earning it!!!

Cam
Cam
Wed, Jun 24, 2009 12:06am

Yeah, she’ll only get ogled by troglodytes and die lonely. She’s definitely not beautiful in the proper way that attracts nice guys with good taste in women. What a trashy skank.

glad to see we’re keeping the critique of the movie on-target. I mean, for real? This is an honestly depressing comment.

I loved Transformers when I was nine. I cried when Prime died. The first movie was such utter garbage that … God, I feel embarassed to have liked the show in the first place.

Ryan
Ryan
Wed, Jun 24, 2009 12:17am

Yeah, she’ll only get ogled by troglodytes and die lonely. She’s definitely not beautiful in the proper way that attracts nice guys with good taste in women. What a trashy skank.

Wow, that’s…wow. So Victorian of you, JoshB. Would you date a woman who wasn’t a virgin? If she knew what sex was, would that be a turn off? Give me a break dude.

There are things you could dislike about Megan Fox; she tends to spew out some ridiculous quotes from time to time, and I won’t say she’s one of the better actresses I’ve ever seen, but on what basis are you calling her a trashy skank? Are you threatened by women who aren’t beautiful in a ‘proper’ way? Please.

Transformers is garbage for many reasons, but Megan Fox’s sexuality is not one of them. (Although the robot humping her leg…that IS one of them.)

JoshB
JoshB
Wed, Jun 24, 2009 12:31am

This is an honestly depressing comment.

*chuckle* That’s not quite the reaction I was going for, but I guess it works. Carry on then =P

JoshB
JoshB
Wed, Jun 24, 2009 12:38am

Damn, cross post.

Wow, that’s…wow. So Victorian of you, JoshB.

Hee! My Sarcasm Insertion Machine is clearly on the fritz.

Moe
Moe
Wed, Jun 24, 2009 12:38am

Listen to yourselves. You sound extremely judgmental. Who are you to call Megan Fox trashy or skanky?

You’ve probably slept with less attractive and more *ahem* accessible women.

Or maybe it’s just me. Granted, I’m not a “nice guy with good taste in women”.

I’m willing to settle for human, flawed, and available.

I might even add misjudged or misrepresented to that list.

What you’re doing is just another form of prejudice and the worst part is you’re so self-righteous you don’t even notice it.

You’re even buying into the ridiculous idea that how a person is portrayed in media has any bearing on their actual personality.

Maybe I’m reading too much into this, but I read, “She’s definitely not beautiful in the proper way that attracts nice guys with good taste in women. What a trashy skank”, and honestly got the impression you’re full of it.

I apologize if I misjudged you.

Muzz
Muzz
Wed, Jun 24, 2009 2:21am

This is tough. All my favourite critics (MJ, Devin Faraci at CHUD and Mark Kermode), to my eternal diappointment ( ;) ), gave the first one a vague pass with some faint praise on the side.
Now all three have eviscerated the second film, using words that basically sum up my opinion of the first.
I feel a little like “this I gotta see!”.
Is there a chance that its interminable horrors could give one chuckle in hindsight like, say, Plan 9 from Outer Space?

doa766
doa766
Wed, Jun 24, 2009 3:17am

there’re no differences in tone, style, writting, acting, directing, pacing or editing between the two movies and yet some critics managed to like the first one and not this one

I guess it’s a like like criticising Bush in 2001/2002 and criticising him after 2007, it’s a lot safer

(not that I’m accusing anyone in particular of betraying the trust of geeks by endorsing with a positive review a warmongering, pro-guns, anti-women, anti-inteligence piece of crap movie)

amanohyo
amanohyo
Wed, Jun 24, 2009 9:46am

I know what you mean Muzz, I’m kinda curious to see just how awful it is too, but please, please if it’s at all possible, wait until next weekend, then buy a ticket to a better movie (say…Up or maybe even Star Trek) and theater hop (assuming it isn’t sold out).

I’d really like to see this movie tank, but since that’s unlikely, it would be nice to see it break the record for biggest second week drop. Maybe Bay has finally managed to underestimate the tastes of the average American moviegoer… I can dream can’t I?

bitchen frizzy
bitchen frizzy
Wed, Jun 24, 2009 10:29am

If you want to see it, you want to see it. That is what it is. Give it a name, if you like… morbid curiosity, love of robot films, guilty pleasure, whatever. You should be honest about it. It’s the height of filmstudent psuedointellectual snobbery to go to the movie but not want be seen paying to go to it.

And if you do want to see it, and if a lot of other people do too, then Bay hasn’t underestimated his audience.

Jack
Jack
Wed, Jun 24, 2009 11:53am

I wonder if the DVD will include deleted scenes of the robots turning into cars in 10,000 BC. Interesting that robots, which can turn into automobiles, would choose to come to a planet where technology hasn’t even been invented yet.

And would the defenders of Bay shut up with the “this isn’t Citizen Kane” crap comments? Yes, we know. Star Wars and Ironman wasn’t Kane either and they are examples of superior filmmaking. You know, a cohesive plot, solid acting and effects that serve the story…not the other way around.

Lizitish
Lizitish
Wed, Jun 24, 2009 12:43pm

One of the best lede’s I have ever read (excerpted over at Movieline) – and voila, you have yourself a new reader!

Jacob
Jacob
Wed, Jun 24, 2009 12:58pm

I wasn’t too interested in seeing this, but a close friend asked me to go, and I figured, why not? It’s got giant robots in; it can’t be that bad.

It was that bad.

The problem is that there is literally nothing below the surface of this movie. What your eyes see is what you get, and that’s all. There are no characters, and the plot makes no logical sense. There are, however, plenty of slow-mo shots of Megan Fox’s breasts, along with some idiotic sex jokes and robots that embody racist stereotypes. What fun.

zids
zids
Wed, Jun 24, 2009 1:05pm

Loved the first. And while I didn’t find enough things to make me hate this one, I understand why critics panned it.

Things I don’t like:(SPOILERS AHEAD – don’t read if you haven’t seen the movie)

1. One female character made me whether I was watching a Transformers or Terminator movie. Since when a Decepticon can assume a human form?
2. Bay can’t seem to keep his camera still. Especially when it comes to romantic interactions.
3. Too many dumb jokes.
4. The overuse of Green Day’s “21 Guns”.
5. Incoherent fight sequences. More often than not, it was hard to tell which is which.

Interestingly enough, the writers for this are the same as those for Star Trek – anyone else thinks we should get J.J. Abrams to direct the third one?

amanohyo
amanohyo
Wed, Jun 24, 2009 1:24pm

bitchen, I don’t care about being seen buying a ticket (does anyone?), I just don’t want any of my precious, precious money to trickle up into the pockets of anyone involved in the making of this movie possibly encouraging the production of similar work in the future.

It might be psuedointellectual snobbery in large part to want to steal a free whiff of the crap that other people pay to smell, but I usually internally rationalize my thievery like so: My dollars are the most powerful vote I have, and if the showing doesn’t sell out, it makes absolutely no difference to the theater which room a patron enters (assuming people don’t follow my example in large numbers).

Plus I’m cheap.

My morbid curiosity may make me no better than a hypocrite and a common pirate to most, but the distinction is clear in my mind and I’m willing to live with the consequences of my crimes. In this particular case, after careful consideration and further research, I’ve decided to wait until it arrives at the public library and watch it while exercising on the elliptical… muted with the French subtitles turned o… Sweet Jesus, you’re right. I am a pseudointellectual snob.

Robert McCoy
Robert McCoy
Wed, Jun 24, 2009 4:01pm

People need to be warned how punishing this movie is to watch. I think one reviewer wrote it best by comparing it to putting a trash can over your head while people beat it w/ baseball bats.

Shadowen
Shadowen
Wed, Jun 24, 2009 5:20pm

I just wanna know how one filmmaker’s vision can make a movie so brain-meltingly schizophrenic.

From the noble sacrifice of a warrior’s last stand to protect an innocent boy…to a robot humping an attractive human woman’s leg. And pretty much nothing in between. There were moments of brilliance (mostly the combat sequences with Prime, but I liked the relationship Sam had with his parents, and the juxtaposition between the beginning of the movie an the ned of the movie vis as vis the three of them), and moments of absolute shitballs stupidity (endless dick and scrotum and fart and shit jokes, racist and sexist under/overtones, and so very much male gaze).

I would like to be able to compare it to that other summer movie disappointment, Wolverine, except that the Wolverine movie was mediocre from start to finish. Transformers veered wildly like a desperate goalie in the last thirty seconds of the Stanley Cup Playoffs between the Oscars and the Razzies and I think I lost the thread of that metaphor somewhere, but I think you get the picture.

Whisky Tango Foxtrot
Whisky Tango Foxtrot
Wed, Jun 24, 2009 8:36pm

One female character made me whether I was watching a Transformers or Terminator movie. Since when a Decepticon can assume a human form?

Again, I haven’t seen the movie, but from what I’ve heard that plot point was a homage to the “Pretenders” subline from the 1980s, which consisted of human-looking shells with transforming robots inside.

Of course, it was only the Autobot Pretenders that actually looked human; the Decepticon shells looked like monsters. The subline was also not particularly well-liked from the beginning which makes it an odd thing to include in a new movie.

There’s a lot of material in the Transformers franchise that could make for a good movie in the hands of competent filmmakers who are able to separate the wheat from the chaff. Unfortunately, it looks like Michael Bay chose to keep the chaff.

A.V. Jones
A.V. Jones
Wed, Jun 24, 2009 9:46pm

I must comment on what I saw to be unfortunate ethnic stereotyping in this movie. I saw it at a free sneak on 6-22-09, and there were two robots who were obviously fashioned after Bay’s idea of what African-Americans are like. They both spoke ghetto slang, both had crunk-mouth, and one was proud of the fact that he couldn’t (or didn’t) read. Oh well, at least they didn’t die like the ethnically-stereotyped robot in the first movie. Disappointing.

Blank Frank
Blank Frank
Wed, Jun 24, 2009 11:15pm

Not entirely on topic but…
Recently, wandering through the video game section of Target, I heard someone say that they weren’t keen on the sort-of-new Sonic the Hedgehog game because it’s “loud and fast, but not satisfying. It’s too Michael Bay.”

I’m not sure which amused me more; the pretentiousness of the analysis, or the use of “Michael Bay” as a bad word.

JoshDM
JoshDM
Wed, Jun 24, 2009 11:16pm

Scatman Crothers (who played Jazz in the original Generation 1 Transformers) must be rolling in his grave.

Yeah, that’s a PeteHoekstra-ism.

zids
zids
Thu, Jun 25, 2009 1:10am

Sorry, I meant:

One female character made me WONDER whether I was watching a Transformers or Terminator movie.

Whisky Tango Foxtrot, thanks for the explanation. I still think it’s an inappropriate move.

Additional points:

6. The twin robots. They’re like a double helping of Jar Jar Binks.
7. Stereotypical racist elements.
8. Acknowledgement of President Obama- though I’m not sure if that is really a minus point.