Piggybacking off the FILMS 2009 thread, let us celebrate the return of cinematic thread individualism (sorry, couldn't help myself. ;P) by unveiling the official thread for what is sure to be the biggest summer blockbuster of the year. Early reviews of the new Transformers flick have been made available from the press who attended the Tokyo and UK premieres. Impressions, perhaps unsurprisingly, tend to linger on these common phrases: "Bigger, badder, longer, mindless, and stupid & proud."
I've found theshiznit.co.uk's review the best read, since they appear to have surmised a fair evaluation on what Transformers as a film is all about. There are some potentially minor scene spoilers to be found in the full review, but here are some of the more notable quotes:
"In truth, Revenge Of The Fallen doesn't stray too far from the solid framework built in the first movie. It mixes superb action sequences – directed with panache and almost pornographic glee by a never-better Bay – with frequent scenes of light comic relief, some of which work, some of which don't."
"Similarly, Revenge Of The Fallen shares its predecessor's tin ear for the spoken word. Dialogue, as if it even matters, is delivered at breakneck speed and is barely audible amongst the cacophony of metal on metal. What can be heard isn't much worth listening to – it doesn't feel much like a script, rather a transcription of Action Man's greatest pull-string catchphrases."
"Transformers was built from the ground up to be a popcorn-devouring, eye-popping, nostalgia-sparking crowd-pleaser – and Revenge Of The Fallen sees Michael Bay tick all those boxes and more."
To address XLord007's beef with the first film, regarding the robot fights, IGN's Parfitt has this to say: "It is also clear that Bay has refined and improved his technique when it comes to directing action since the first Transformers. Many found the robot-on-robot fighting in T1 over-edited and made even more confusing because they took place in unclear backgrounds (i.e. a smashed-up downtown LA) - often you couldn't even tell which Transformer was fighting which. Bay has - to an extent anyway - cleared this up in ROTF, with more lingering tracking shots, cleaner environments and establishing framing."
However, it doesn't look like they've done much in the way of polishing up the character development, which was MY beef with the first film. But mayhaps I'm placing my expectations in the wrong places; chances are, I'm going to have a good time with the sequel all the same. Mindless, stupid & proud fun.
And as a heads-up, according to Blu-ray.com, those who own the Blu-ray edition of the first film will be treated to a BD-Live update starting on 6/16/09. The update includes a new preview to Fallen, as well as access to an additional 25 minutes of exclusive, all-new bonus material for the original film.