I really hate to say it. I really really do. But I have to agree with the critics on this movie. First off Im a huge fan of the 1st movie and have no problem suspending belief and just watching a fun popcorn movie. I thought the TF1 was one of the best movies of all time but this movie really let me down in far too many things.
Too many robots and no character developement. Case in point TF1 opens with Blackout destroying an entire airforce base. A several minute scene introduces you to this character and you begin to understand his level of destruction. Later in the movie when Megatron mobilizes the Decepticons and you see Blackout respond you think to yourself "oh sh!t". As the final battle in the streets rage on Blackout enters the fray and seems to begin to turn the tide. When the humans finally bring him down you feel a big sense of victory. This guy was one bad mother and he finally got taken down. Maybe there is hope for the good guys.
Ok now TF2. Sideways. You see him for 30 seconds. Does a cool transformation on the run and Sideswipe cuts him in half (which was pretty cool). So what is the point of Sideways? Just fodder I guess? Thats fine but see how it differs from above? Ok how about even Devastator. No development on the individuals contruction vehicles. You have no idea really how many there are or what they look like. Only see a couple in robot form and none have any speaking parts. All they do is combine (which is cool) only to be destroyed by a single cannon shot from a ship 100 miles away. LAME !!!! They could have done so much with devastator. How about Ironhide, Rachet, and Sideswipe teaming up on him for an epic battle? Nope single cannon shot. LAME.
Aside from that, the twins were stupid and the jokes are very lame. Too many parts that didnt need to be in there (the mom on pot, the roommates internet business, Alice, although cool why did Ravage steal the all spark shard? Did they ever use it?)
I think my biggest issue with this movie wasnt that it sucked by any means but more of it had so much potential and fell short. I feel 46 robots were just there to sell toys for Hasbro and I feel there was only about 1 hour of good movie, that should have been expanded upon, and the rest thrown out.