30 June 2009

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen

Directed by: Michael Bay
Written by: Ehren Kruger, Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman
Full credits from IMDb

What's this movie about? Shia LaBeouf can't tell his girlfriend he loves her? I couldn't really follow the story, not just because Michael Bay's directing style is so incoherent (his camera has the Tony Scott spins), but because I kept getting distracted by all the commercial breaks. It was like the Super Bowl, with all those neat spots! Transformers 2 could save the automotive industry if all the car commercials in between encourage consumers to buy American automobiles again. And those battling robot toys were really cool; maybe they’ll save the struggling retail industry? But most of all: how about all those free endorsements for right-wing militarism?

Seriously, did Hasbro produce this in association with the Department of Defense and Palin 2012? Let’s break it down: The Decepticons are the insurgents, right? And the Autobots are the Americans? And the Americans are the...well, I guess the allegory doesn't quite hold, but it's still there. (Michael Bay is too stupid to hold together an allegory.)

Keep reading my discussion with Benjamin Sutton at The L Magazine

Watch the trailer:

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