Last Tuesday at 3:00 in the morning I got my world rocked by Transformers 2. I've always been a fan of Michael Bay's work, which some of my more bourgeois film friends find juvenile. Here's why I disagree: just as sometimes you feel like a nut and sometimes you don't; sometimes you feel like character-arching drama and sometimes you feel like watching big things explode.
Enter Michael Bay, Transformers, Optimus Prime, and Megan Fox.
God bless you Michael Bay.
Now, back to the point.
The film obviously has it's highs and lows. Bay's strongpoint lies in action scenes, and that is never felt more than when there ISN'T any action going on. The in-between-explosion moments were often longwinded and forced, and surprisingly chock-full of borderline innapropriate innuendo and banter. There is a whole slew of characters (both robotic and human) that by the end of their roles as filler are outright exhausting, namely Sam Witwicky's (Shia Lebeuf) roomate, a miniature docile decepticon, two twin autobots, a geriatric SR-71 Blackbird and this girl,
who, aside from being one-dimensionally obnoxious, also raises one of my "Wait a minute, what?" moments of the film.
All that dissapears, though, in the enourmous shadow of cars becoming robots and beating the tar out of each other. Fallen is ripe with new metalic faces and ample targets for missle, rocket, and Optimus' Twin Swords (that's right TWIN baby, see: above photo). From the big OP's first ecstasy inducing moment in the film (a gravity defying, jaw dropping, semi free-fall/mid-air transformation) to the cataclysmic final battle between good and evil at the steps of the Egyptian Pyramids, I was in bliss. I would have gladly stayed in my seats for hours on end to watch such pure escapism ambrosia.
I could have danced all night, I could have danced all night, and still have danced some more.
I even got sniffly at one point (sniffly is one knotch down from being choked up, which is one knotch down from actual tears).
Thank you Michael Bay, may you earn millions upon millions for this movie and keep the franchise going forever.