Well, it's been kind of crazy around here, so I've put off expressing my thoughts on the film. Anyways, here is what I think of Revenge of the Fallen.
What I’m about to say, I say as some one who enjoys and supports Transformers.
Revenge of the Fallen was a terrible movie, despite how much fun it is too watch. Don’t believe me? Well lets look at the facts
The plot is coherent and easy to follow. No one said complexity = greatness. However you cannot detach character form plot. It’s simply not possible, and that is where the Plot fails. The whole story is about Sam vs Megatron. In the first film Sam heroically defeated Megatron by shoving the Allspark into his chest. In this film Sam revives Optimus Prime to take care of his light work.
Now if we zoom out a bit, to the “big picture.” This story is about humans verses Deceptions… scratch that, Americans verses Decepticons. I know what you’re saying, “uraydo, what about the Autobots?” well, I got sad news. They don’t exist. Don’t believe me? Well look at the film. It’s Sam that shapes the plot. It’s the military that does 80% of the fighting (more than that if you just look at the climax of the movie). And never once does an Autobot make a choice. So let’s look at what they do do. The twins are comic relief. They do nothing but make us laugh… nothing. Bumblebee, he is what scriptwriters call a catalyst. his function is to push Sam towards his conflict, Megatron. Wheelie, and Jetfire are also Catalyst. They were worst than comic relief. They were scenery.
The very sad truth is there was absolutely no conflict for the Autobots. “But wait, I saw them fight, I did!” That is true, they did fight, but educated scriptwriter will tell you that fighting ≠ conflict. Conflict is when a character has to make a choice. Before you say, “ they chose to fight,” characters without dimension cannot make choice, because they are never conflicted. They can and will only act as there one-dimension dictates.
What’s sad is Transformers could learn a lot for a little movie called Small Soldiers. In this film two warring robot factions wreak havoc on a small town. This film succeeds where Transformers fails by having two (count them two) protagonist. But Archer (good leader) and the kid have goals, things stand in the way of those goal and they both are hit by conflict.
It’s really sad to think most of Transformers’ problems could be fix by just adding another protagonist.
Nothing in this film mad since. Blackout came back for no reason, (and before any of you say, “that was Grinder” let me tell you something. Most people that saw this movie, didn’t read the comics or novels or even the bios on the back of the box. So to them it’s Mother-trucking Blackout back form the dead.) Scorpinok mad an awkward return, Bonecrusher came back from the dead, the Constructicons formed Devastator, got blown up, then came back to fight, and they completely ignored the set up from the first movie by saying, “Transformers have been here since the dawn of time.” Not only that, they brought back Megatron. Makes me wonder why they even went through the trouble of making TF 1.
I’m a fan that learns all he can about the story and there were still part in the film that left me wondering.
Sex jokes are funny… if you are in grade school. I collect toys, but am still not immature enough to laugh at two dogs sexing up the place. Devastator’s balls? Why? The point is, a good bit of the humor made me take my eyes of the screen and look around to see if anyone else thought it was unnecessary. I’m not for censorship, but if you are going to do something, let there be a point to it. Did I really need to see two dogs hump on screen? Did it really help the story?
What can I say about the climax? Well, most of it was Americans vs Decepticons. Really had me wondering where the Autobots where. I like the Optimus fight at the end, but seriously, does no one in the movie care that Jetfire died to save Optimus? Sams death and reserection, was clichéd at best. At worst it was corny. And the Fallen. The guy this movie is supposed to be about. He was a bigger wuss than Optimus was in the first film. The guy commanded no respect and in fact, Megatron lost some of my respect just for following the guy. Weakest villain ever. Of all time.
That just about brings us to the climaxes falling action. The time given to the audience to gather there thoughts about what they just saw. The slow curtain if you will. This film had none. It ended when the fallen died. Everyone smiles, Prime says some BS to try and fix the train wreck of we just witnessed, and the credits roll. Bay himself claimed this movie was going to be darker, yet there is no time given at the end to feel the gravity of what the characters gained and lost.
Yet what I know
I know the challenges for this film are unlike any we have ever seen. Over half the cast isn’t real. Making it very hard to give them the screen time they need to establish character depth. But this is not a problem that can be fixed by throwing extra stuff in like boobs and sex jokes.
I know a lot of people hear don’t like to hear what the critics are saying, but like it or not, they are right. ROTF is a terrible movie. It fails in just about every way a story can fail. The only reason it is enjoying any success is because of the visual effects.
If I could say one thing to Bay that I knew he would hear, it would be this. Listen to the critics. These are people who have studied the art of story telling and know what it takes to tell a great story. Sure, their taste in films can be question able, but don’t say things without a reason and knowledge behind it. You may disagree, and you may be in the right, but if you just ignore them you will not learn from your mistakes as a storyteller.
I know you make films for fans and you make films for money, but the average person doesn’t know why he like or dislikes a movie, or at the very least, understands his reasons. Also, their taste will change with the seasons. This makes for terrible movies making unbelievable amounts of money. Many of your fans say, “his movies sale well, so that makes them a success.” However, many bad things sale well. Fast and Furious, Hannah Montana, Alvin and the Chipmunks
Something doesn’t have to be good to sale. Any salesman knows that. That’s why I got out of sales. That, and I was a bad salesman.