By no means am I a professional film critic (although I could be) so I do not know what criteria critics use or what they look for when they critique a movie but the reviews for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen — if believed — would make you want to save your money for gas.
— Roger Ebert, rogerebert.com: “A horrible experience of unbearable length.” 1-star
— Katherine Brazzell, Memphis Movie Examiner: “Entertainment wise, it was great. Film wise, it’s not Casablanca.”
— Peter Travers, Rolling Stone: “It’s tempting to dismiss Michael Bay’s long, loud and ludicrous sequal to 2007’s Transformers with one word — hunkajunk.”
— Rotten Tomatoes gave the movie a 21 percent rating.
At least one critic, Ray Bennett of the Hollywood Reporter, had a little more of a positive review.
“The film is not likely to attract moviegoers who seek something more than a screen filled with kaleidoscopes of colored metal.”
However, I went to the Thursday matinee showing of Revenge of the Fallen and came away with the thought that the critics are dead wrong about the movie. Here are a few explanations as to why.
Yes, Revenge of the Fallen is 147 minutes long: but what is the point? Everyone seemed to have forgotten that the first film was 143 minutes long which isn’t much of a difference.
To make this short, it is simple age difference: of the critics to the pure fans of Transformers to which is why the reviews, um, sucked.
As a person who grew up on the original cartoon, I fully understood what Bay and his crew was doing while the older, non-fans may not have. Bay increased the fight scenes between the robots because frankly — that’s what the cartoon was about. Every episode climaxed with the Autobot and Decpticons fighting one another. The fight scenes meant more action and less dead time during those 147 minutes.
Besides the Twins (Mudflap and Skids, which I can not explain), the robots were again excellent. I understood Soundwave’s role, Ravage was done beautifully and Optimus Prime’s “twist” was reminiscient of the cartoon movie.
Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen may not be great (neither was the original) but it’s far from a ‘hunkajunk.’