My Biggest Problem with Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

I thought Transformers was awesome. As much as I loved the film, it was far from perfect – very very far from perfect. The movie was riddled with problems, and you don’t have to look very hard on the internet to find comprehensive lists of all the plot holes and inconsistencies in the movie. Some reviewers would suggest in fact that the movie doesn’t really even have a plot.

My problem is that is has too much of a plot. What I don’t understand is why they even bothered going into all the convolutions that made up the shambolic mess of a plot that we end up with. If you stop and think about the movie’s plot too much you go cross eyed. It makes so little sense, it contradicts itself, it’s convoluted, and it’s just plain stupid.

It’s also completely unnecessary. When you boil down the movie to it’s key components it’s really just about 3 things; explosions, babes and fighting robots. The plot is merely a convention that we understand as a framework that a movie must sit within. So my question is, why setup all the crap about the Fallen? About the Matrix of Leadership (if you haven’t seen the movie, yep, don’t ask…)? It gets confusing, it gets ridiculous, and the movie just doesn’t need it.

Basically all you need is an excuse to setup a series of fights (featuring lots of explosions), each one bigger than the one before and leading up to one super large fight scene in the end. Pretty much like how the movie is currently setup, but do it without the guff.

People pick at the plot for it’s stupidity, and some of the problems are pretty major, but the movie would’ve been just as good with a simple plot, like say; Megatron is brought back to life, he tries to get revenge, and in a big final battle the Autobots triumphs.

Keep it simple and focus on your strengths. Michael Bay is the king of explosions, but he can’t tell a story to save his life.

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Insane, bloated, shambolic, exciting, awesome. This film lurches from ridiculous to sublime in a way only Michael Bay could make possible. You could write a long list of things that are wrong with this film, or spend the same amount of time writing a list of all the things that are awesome about this film.

When you consider the context with which this film is supposed to be taken, it would seem most of the criticism I have heard about this movie is largely irrelevant. It is a beautiful spectacle, I saw it in IMAX and it was a thing of beauty. Explosions, babes, and fighting robots – how can you possibly go wrong?

The film did seem unnecessarily long, and the premise of the movie was unnecessarily complex – which isn’t to say it was actually complex, but rather a far simpler premise would’ve more than sufficed. The action is relentless and the visual effects are seamless.

This is a Michael Bay film people, Michael Bay. Just remember that, and you’ll have a great time.

Four stars.

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

To be honest, I’m really just not a big fan of modern military themed games. I’ll say this much, I’d readily believe Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is the best there is for what it is – it’s just not for me.

A quality shooter, with visceral action. I can see why people play this game for hours, and good luck to them.

Three stars.

Movie Fail or Win? G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra

I’m really not sure about this one. The trailers make it look like a combination of action awesomeness and super-lame arse campiness and I can’t help but wonder if the lameness is going to come out on top.

I know a lot of people have already dismissed this movie as being garbage, and I can understand why – however I’m a Stephen Sommers believer and I think he can handle cheesy action films well. He was sorely missed on Mummy 3 – here’s hoping he hasn’t done a Bryan Singer and contributed to two junk films being made by leaving the third movie of a franchise and focusing on something else, rather than making that third film great.

I was never into G.I. Joe as a kid, so I don’t know any of the characters, and I don’t suppose I really care.

The Hangover

A good concept with rich potential for comedy. A group of guys go to Las Vegas for a Bucks Party and wake up the next morning with no recollection of the previous night and have to piece together what happened in order find their missing friend. The trailers looked great, and the movie doesn’t disappoint. It’s a funny movie that ticks along nicely.

I must admit that because of the buzz I might have been expecting a bit more, but it would be unfair to say anything negative about this film, it’s good and it’s funny.

Three stars