Transformers (live action version) was released in 2007. It was a box office success, however it received mixed reviews from critics. When I first saw it it was decent, check out my review on the 2007 version. As a reminder, I’m gonna rewatch all of the films before I see The Last Knight.
In 2009, Transformers: Reveng Of The Fallen made a bunch of money at the box office, but it received negative reviews from Critic and audiences alike. It went on to earn a Razzie Award for Worst Picture Of The Year. YIKES!
This review contains huge SPOILERS! Read at your own risk. Now let’s see what the damage is all about.
Positive & Negative Elements
Positive: Peter Cullen, Hugo Weaving John Turturro, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, did a great job for their performances.
The Fight Scenes were organic with special effects extravaganza.
Like the previous entry, Linkin Park contributed to the soundtrack by writing the song “New Divide.” They even helped out on the musical score.
Special Effects looked gorgeous. The Autobots & Deceptions look real.
Soundwave, my favorite character from the series, finally appears for the first time in the films.
Easter Eggs with posters of Cloverfield, Bad Boys II, (Michael Bay also directed the first film and its sequel) and a Naruto poster. Maybe Michael Bay & Steven Spielberg are fans of the anime series.
The Annoying Mom mentions Sam’s college, by saying “It Feels Like Hogwarts.” Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince came out the same year as this film.
Tom Kenny voices a Deception turned Autobot. For the first time in the history, Spongebob is allowed to cuss. I guess somebody was watching the episode “Sailor Mouth.” You know with the dolphin noises.
One scene pays homage to Raging Bull when Optimus gets hit in the face in slow motion similar to Jake LaMotta who gets punched in the face during slow motion.
The Only Funny Part that made me laugh, was Jetfire farting out a parachute.
Deep Roy who played the Oompa Loompas from the remake of Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, has a cameo appearance
Negative: The Annoying Parents from the first film return. God I can’t stand them. I prefer Timmy’s parents from The Fairly OddParents.
The Marketing of the movie was supposed to be darker and grittier than the first one, it turns out the previews was just the Bait & Switch a roo.
The Humor in the sequel felt like it was written by college frat boys. I didn’t laugh at the jokes, except a fart joke.
Megan Fox’s character Mikaela, is still treated like a Playboy model. I have nothing against sexy characters, if you’re gonna make a sexy attractive female, she needs to be treated like an actual strong female character like Ellen Ripley from Alien, or Sarah Conner from The Terminator without shoving the underwear scenes in front of us. Give her a realistic personality.
Bumblebee still talks with sound bytes from the radio. At the end of the first film, his real voice is repaired. It’s as if the writers forgot he was cured.
The Twins are racially offensive. Robert Downey Jr. got away with his portrayal in Tropic Thunder because his character is a parody of a method actor taking his role way too seriously. But as for The Twins, it’s like I’m watching a banned Looney Tunes Cartoon from the 1930’s/1940’s. I’m doubling down on each of them.
Galloway is even worse than J. Jonah Jameson. He doesn’t trust Autobots. Doesn’t he realize it’s a never ending battle between them and Deceptions? Jon Voight’s character was a nice guy in the first, he trusted the Autobots.
Shia LeBeouf’s character, Sam, screams like Timmy’s Dad from The Fairly OddParents. Did he scream like a girl in the first movie? No! Sam rapidly shouts the word no.
I swear to God, Michael Bay had the guts to approve a “Reefer” joke. The mom gets high after eating brownies containing grass if you know what I mean.
Green Day’s song “21 Guns” is played constantly in a garage scene, a few scenes later, it still plays the same song, it’s as if the record player is in loop mode.
Rainn Wilson/Dwight Schrute’s cameo as a college professor was out of left field. But then again he along with Sam’s mom were in Monsters Vs Aliens in the same year so whatcha gonna do?
Like that shocking moment in the 1986 film, Optimus is killed onscreen. It was way too soon. Coulda saved that wild card for last if they had to end it as a trilogy, i woulda accepted it as a grand finale for the character.
Dutch Angles appear often. Who’s in charge of cinematography Izzie from Total Drama Island?
One the grossest things depicted in this picture, is John Turturro wearing a male version of a thong, with his butt exposed. As a guy I’m grossed out on what I just witnessed. I’m gonna Triple Down Points for looking at his backside. EW! It’s gonna haunt me forever!
The Editing is bad, for example Jetfire teleports the humans, but Bumblebee & The Twins appear out of nowhere.
Optimus comes back to life until the very last minutes of the final battle. Why the heck was he on the poster and heavily marketed?
Devastator, one of the biggest deceptions from the series, has wrecking balls below his pelvis. I’m not making this up. Oh no! So that’s why Miley Cyrus wrote Wrecking Ball!
The Battle between Optimus, The Fallen, Megatron and Starscream was too quick and anticlimactic.
Sam’s resurrection, didn’t quite make any sense.
The Final Verdict: F, FOR FAKER!
Let this be a lesson for screenwriters out there on what to do and what not do when you make a sequel like this. Please Hollywood don’t try to replicate this epic fail all over again.