Well, I’m not going to talk about the ending of this movie because it’s so recent, or who dies or doesn’t die, or the fact that Megatron is Optimus’ Father. Just kidding, if you really believed that, you’ve been watching way too much Star Wars. But I will say this, someone wrote a review about this movie, saying that it was like watching Will It Blend from INSIDE the blender.
If you’ve never seen WIll it Blend, it’s a you tube series that asks that question, and then puts things in that you wouldn’t normally, kinda like the Super Bass O’ Matic from Saturday Night live. The first thing he put in an iPhone, and the answer is a definite yes, it blends quite well, and it’s rather awesome. And the description fits the movie. Try to imagine all the parts of an iPhone swirling around you, there goes Angry Birds all chewed up, the one button it gives you, and oh, there goes the sound switch, the head phone port, half the charge slot and your Otter Box cover didn’t save it, all the while the teeth of the blender is chewing everything up from underneath you.
This is pretty much exactly what happens for about half the movie, it’s completely ridiculous... but amazing at the same time. The budget for this movie is over 400 million, and you tell where all that money went, right into the special effects, the robots, with a few mill left over for the pretty cars and collagen (seriously, are there any normal looking women in the world?) With the bad acting, horrible lines, non-existent character development, and kinda interesting story line, I would say to stay away from this movie. However, it IS fun to watch on the big screen. So, I gotta say, see it in the theater, but if you missed it, rent it on BluRay with a big, high def screen. It’s actually pretty cool. Let’s run the numbers.
Unfortunately, this one isn’t doing so well, with a budget of over 400,00 mill, it has only grossed $1,095,752,065 so..., that’s not that much. Wait..., one, two, three... how many decimals is that? Ten? One...billion? Holy CRAP. And with DVD sales, I’m sure they’ll make even more. Looking at the over all gross for all three movies to date, they’ve made $2,640,328,350, spending roughly 761,000,000. Catch that? That’s almost two Billion... with “B” in profit for all three Transformers movies so far. I think I know what the Federal Government can do to balance the budget and pay our debt, start charging Bay a hell of a lot more for access to OUR military!
But, no, ‘cus they have to bring him back ‘cus we like Hugo’s voice too much, plus he’s really the only cool bad guy. But let’s talk about him for a bit. Megatron in the movie is pretty bad ass, but remember him in the cartoon? He was a gun. He went from really cool robot... and transformed into a gun that someone else had to shoot. If no one else was around, he’d just sit there shooting at anything and everything that was in front of him, but if they stepped to the left, oh, crap, they discovered his weakness. This is one of those few examples where deviating from the source material is preferable.
I’m not gonna talk a whole lot about the plot, ‘cus remember, it doesn’t matter all that much. Just keep in mind, I guess, that there is a ALOT of U.S. military in this movie. It’s like a freekin’ World War II propaganda movie. Also, Megan Fox bends over a street bike she’s working on wearing cut off jeans and top not covering much... we’re supposed to think she’s a gear head or a grease monkey, or a gear monkey with some head grease...? But all I could think of was “wow... that’s a nice bike.” There was a kinda funny scene where she captures the stupid little Decepticon that thinks she’s hot (why does a robot think a human woman is hot again? Oh yeah, ‘cus Bay needs to remind us that he’s working from a thirteen year old mind).
They end up at the ancient city of Petra, in Jordan. If you don’t know Petra, then you might know one of it’s most famious “buildings”, the Khezneh, or the Treasury. You saw that at the end of the Indian Jones movie, the Last Crusade (I think we all wished that was the last Jones movie too). The building, (if you can call it that, it’s really an amazing carving into the soft, beautiful sandstone of the area) is a copy of the Treasury that’s outside of the Rose City (aka, Petra). I loved the fact that they ended up here, and reminded me that I wanna go there some day.
The Decepticons bring a really big, multi-vehicle transformer that sucks in everything in front of it... and oh yeah, it has little metal balls because we’re thirteen and we need ball jokes. The huge, new Transformer lasts for about four minutes (ok, maybe longer, but still) until Simmons (John Torturo’s character) calls a battle ship and sweet talks them into firing on the the Great Pyramids with a rail gun that isn’t supposed to exist, with no clearance and no rank. Simmon’s is like the human’s secret weapon against the Decepticons. If the good guys, you know, the Autobots, didn’t have Simmon’s around, they’d be sunk.
Let’s do the numbers, with a budget of $210,000,000, little bit more than the first, they made $836,303,693 world wide in the theaters. That’d be a net of $626,303,693. So... they made another one.
Michael Bay likes the military. In fact, if you sign up for the military now, they actually call it “trying out for a Bay movie”. He likes the U.S. military so much, I think he’s just coming up with new movies he wants to do in order to put more helicopters flying into the setting sun, or shoot with a wide angle from below with the actors looking up...seriously, pretty sure that shot is in every movie of his. One of my favorite movies, Hot Fuzz, makes fun of his fact.
Bay is kinda like George Lucas when it comes to action movies. They both know how to make REALLY good action flicks, but neither of them really know how to direct actors to be believable, or know what character development really is, and neither of them know how relationships with women work, although George Lucas is married, I don’t know that he’s ever talked to her. Ok, maybe that’s harsh, but c’mon, neither of these guys know how to direct on screen romantic relationships.
But...we don’t care. I mean, I care, but I’ve also seen every one of the Transformer movies in the theater... because they’re just so dang awesome. Are you kidding me!? Big robots are smashing each other, how can that not be awesome!? And they even got Peter Cullen to play Optimus Prime, who played his voice in the original cartoon! This guy IS Optimus Prime, no one else can play him.
Of course I have a few issues with this movie. Namely, why is Megan Fox in it? Yeah... she’s hot, I guess, and does run around nicely, but I mean, c’mon, this is a movie about Transformers... you know, Hasbro, for kids. Parents are bringing their kids to these movies, is it really time to start showing them what the girls are supposed to look like, or what kinds of women men are supposed to be attracted to? Are there any normal looking women in this movie besides Sam’s mom? Even the scientist who figures out the secret signal is ridiculously attractive. Now, I will give Bay this, Megan Fox actually proved herself useful when she hooked up Bumblebee to a tow truck and pulled him around so he can shoot stuff. This is what you do with the love interest in your movie, you have her look good and be all “oh, honey be careful and save for the world for me so you can kiss me when you’re done” but then do something awesome that actually helps. Yes, this was good. I appreciated that. But... eh.
And... what’s up with the Allspark? Apparently it can animate machines magically just by being around, and it automatically makes them into bad robots. Why? And if it’s this amazing, life creating thing, why does it kill you when you put it into your chest? We’re supposed to take for granted that these things make sense when they’re made up things, but when you make something up, then give them rules, it has to be consistent in those rules, otherwise we just know you, the writer, are cheating.
Like they say on Marketplace (ya know, on NPR) “Let’s do the numbers”. With a budget of $151,000,000, they brought in $708,272,592 worldwide in the theater. That’s a net gain of $557,272,592, that’s not too shabby. So, I guess they figured they should make another one.