Saturday, June 27, 2009

Transformers 2: Revenge of the Blockbuster

By Samantha Jones

Wednesday evening, I was FINALLY able to see the new Transformers sequel. It had been out for almost a whole 24 hours and I hadn’t seen it yet.

Disturbing, I know.

After the complete gloriousness of the first Transformers movie, I was chomping at the bit to see the next one. I watched every trailer posted, read every article I could get my hands on, and scoured websites for spoilers. I had to know if it was going to live up to the first one.

I was not disappointed.

First, let’s have a talk about Shia LeBeouf. I remember watching this kid on “Even Stevens” where he was the annoying little brother. Oh, how far you have come, Shia. He’s gone from the Disney Channel, to being one of the hottest things in Hollywood. Every time I mention Transformers (and it comes up a lot) to any woman I know, the first words out of their mouth are, “Oh my God, Shia is soooo hot!” While I do agree that the man is cute as hell, the fact that he’s a fantastic actor overshadows the importance of looks. He’s got great comedic timing and, from what I’ve heard, does as many of his own stunts as possible. The way his career is building, I believe that he’s the next Harrison Ford. He’s done the Jack Ryan style movies (Eagle Eye), my generation’s version of Star Wars (Transformers – all we need is one more to make a tremendous trilogy!), and Indiana Jones. Just you wait. He’s the next Indiana Jones, I promise.

Next, CG. Now, I have to admit, I had a headache by the end of this movie. The CG is flawless, unlike a certain X-Men movie that came out earlier this year, but in some of the battles, there are so many intricate moving parts on the robots that it’s hard to keep track of everything that’s going on. I was sitting at the back of the theatre where it’s usually easier to see it all, but it still caused some eye strain. This is definitely one of those movies that you’ll want to see at least twice, just to catch everything. There is so much action and so many jaw-dropping moments, it’ll make your head spin.

The old cast comes back (minus John Voight, Rachael Taylor, and Anthony Anderson), and you get to see a bit more of each character. Sam Witwicky’s parents (Kevin Dunn and Julie White) play a bigger role. Julie White’s performance at the beginning is something that I order you not to miss. John Turturro makes a hilarious appearance. Talk about range with this guy. He’s funny as hell but when he needs to be serious – look out. Josh Duhamel (or Dahumamumamel as my husband calls him) returns as Captain Lennox is great for some “Hell yeah! Go good guys!” style fist pumping.

There are a few things that I didn’t like about the movie. There is a scene with the Decepticon Devistator that I find completely uncalled for. I don’t want to give anything away, because it does warrant a cheap laugh. Next, there are two characters, Mudflap and Skids. They do make for some great comic relief. But, if you were expecting to take the kiddies to see this one, you may want to see it first to determine if you want them to hear some of the language these twins use. I thought it was unnecessary that they talk this way.

Lastly, my favorite part – the music. My favorite boys in the music biz, Linkin Park, put together the soundtrack, which could not have made me happier. They made their offering with one of my new favorite songs “New Divide” which is heavily featured throughout the movie in an orchestral form. The soundtrack features other bands such as Green Day, Staind, Theory of a Deadman, Cavo (you MUST check these guys out), and Cheap Trick with a cover of the Transformers theme. The music really amps up the boundless amounts of action. You go buy now!

So, in summation...Go see Transformers 2: Revenge of the Fallen, but leave the brood at home. It’s a great for a date or to see with a bunch of your buddies. This Transformers is all grown up.

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