Watched the second Transformers movie with Monoceros today. It was action-packed. With teenage romance and morphing, organic robots, it was a case of American Pie meeting Terminator 2.
Here are things I liked and disliked about the movie, and other insights. Spoilers ahoy…
Things I didn’t like
The incessant blabbering of the teenager-hero Sam, especially when he was in a panic (which is often in the movie). Perhaps it’s a cultural thing.
The organic form of the Transformers, which is a far cry from the cartoon version. Optimus Prime is the only one who looks remotely like his original self. Bumblebee isn’t even a Beetle anymore, but he was cleverly parked next to one. True-blue Transformers fans will get the message.
Megatron wasn’t a gun but a plane. On hindsight, it would have been hard to turn such a big machine into a small gun. Somehow they could get away with it in the cartoon, but not with CGI. Soundwave, one of the more intelligent Decepticons, is reduced to a skittering spider-like robot spy. Actually, I thought it was meant to be Soundwave, as he transforms into a hi-fi system. However, the official website indicates it is actually Frenzy, who is one of the cassette tapes in the cartoon version. It would’ve been cooler to see Ravage, Frenzy and Laserbeak fly out of Soundwave’s chest while transforming.
Like in many cops and robbers movies, the cops think the good guys are bad, and lock them up for a while. Same goes for poor Bumblebee who gets the same icy treatment as Megatron. These scenes are unbearable for me. I can just about tolerate it when the same happens to the X-Men.
Jazz died. He’s a cool Autobot and he’s named after my favourite music. But perhaps it’s more realistic – anyway one Autobot death is nothing considering they killed Megatron and a few other minions. A good ratio.
There were too many human characters so their personalities weren’t developed much, save for Sam and Mikaela. And perhaps the army Captain.
The “Kids save the world” plot prevalent in other movies as well. In the Pentagon, everyone’s unable to crack the code and beat the virus, but a tubby youngster is able to do it in a couple of minutes.
Things I liked
Prime won. The humans had to help him a bit, though. But that’s to be expected, as Megatron usually has the upper hand, being more ruthless.
Megatron dies in a way that I didn’t expect, which I thought was clever. Two birds killed with one stone, er, cube.
Of course, the movie cleverly winds itself up in a way that Megatron CAN return. And Starscream escapes. There’s no indication of his insubordination in this movie, but you never know. The Autobots are now stationed on earth, meaning they expect the Decepticons to return. Maybe they can build Teletran One and then we’ll see some really cool architecture.
Many other Autobots and Decepticons were left out of this movie, which will make the fans hungry to see MORE. Monoceros wants to see the Dinobots in the next movie. I concur. Besides, the Decepticons already brought in one of their Destructicons. Maybe we should hope for a visit to Cybertron!
Funny scenes in the movie humanised the Autobots. A classic scene was how they tried to hide around Sam’s house and on another building. Another was when Bumblebee, with vocal chords damaged, communicated to Sam via phrases from cheesy love songs. And how the Autobots learned English via the “World Wide Web”, and found out about Sam via Ebay.
Mikaela (Sam’s love interest) rocked. She’s pretty but can repair cars. And she teams up with an injured Bumblebee to blast Megatron dead. She’s brave throughout the movie and doesn’t gibber so much. That’s a real heroine.
No actual sex scenes in the movie. That would be a rude shock to an adaptation of a cartoon series meant for kids.
All in all, it was very entertaining though I don’t feel the need to watch it again and again. I’d watch the original movie many times over, and it is probably still more moving than this one, despite being a cartoon.
My rating for this second movie: 6/10.