WEDNESDAY, JULY 1, 2009
Robots in disguise? Where is this familiar auto tuned statement within the soundtrack for Transformers? I mean seriously… you would think Lil’ Wayne, or even Cher would’ve taken time from their auto tuned ways to brave the familiar slogan of the iconic cartoon… How about at least, “More than meets the eye?” For shame. Transformers 2 was epic. When I watch movies, it’s generally late at night after the last show of a theatre has let out and movies that boast an over 2 hour limit are often times approached with a sense of trepidation and a caffeinated drink. With that said, Michael Bay managed to keep my attention time and again throughout his rediculous romp through the world of mechanical masqueraders. Now the question and consistent gripe of the critic seems to be the level of boom in comparison to the lack of reason for the boom. In essence, the film supposedly has little to no cohesion of plot and seems to suffer from the big budget curse of creating a pyromaniacs wetdream, making it the equivalent of a porno quality script.
Now I like a good story as much as the next person, and Transformers 2 is certainly not the Dark Knight with its rediculously encompassing treatment of the human experience through the eyes of polar absolutes locked in a gothic janusesque battle for the condition of increasingly complex micro and macrocosms of existence ranging from the cosmic battle of good and evil, to the struggle of a man and his alter ego. And I’m certainly aware that it is easy to view Transformers in the light of Spielbergs personal glory and downfall with the lense of boom… especially as Shia has grafted himself into the legacy of Harrison Ford… However, This movie is not those stories nor does it try to be. At the base of the story is something so rediculous a premise that it should never be compared to, for instance, Spiderman 3, where the story is preposterous and nothing but boom booms… where the source material is incredibly deep and philosophical for Stan Lee’s webslinging smart ass, movies like Spiderman 3 become worthy of deep and intense criticism for the way they degrade the integrity of their own values… oh Sam Raimi how you have grieved me 😦 … Transformers 2 however is not such a creature, it has risen above.
I think the critics need to remember that Transformers is an action movie and owns it proudly because first and foremost, it is not based on a literary work of epic proportions. Transformers is based on a line of toys made to entertain little boys who don’t want to play with Barbie. With that said, Transformers seems to have grown quite a bit from its origins… even to the point of fooling critics into thinking that at its roots it was written by Shakespeare or perhaps by Joss Whedon… but it was not… at its roots it was written by an add exec for Hasbro and from these humble roots, Orci, Kurtzman and Bay gave us a gift of a decently mature experience.
As a fan of the original Transformers cartoon show and the toys, and Orci Kurtzman and Bay… I for one am pleased with the transformation from toy to movie. And i don’t particularly understand why it is that critics don’t get that the Transformers movies are not meant to be deep philosophical musings on the human existence… they are supposed to be fun and go boom. At their root, they are still the proverbial plastic toy that lit up the eyes of little boys everywhere… only translated to a movie experience. Those critics who whine about Transformers 2 not having enough story and too much boom are forgetting the most important part of being a critic… its called education. You can’t speak to something intelligently unless you understand its context. Transformers 2 in the context of itself, meaning the history of the franchise, is fantastic. Transformers 2 in the context of moviedom is along the lines of Spielberg, Bruckheimer and Bay, a fact which i remind us is pretty awesome in its own right… these movies occasionally carry alot of story, but mostly they are a little story with alot of boom. Those critics who try to make it something that it is not are self righteous idiots, lost in their own swelling words and I am not fooled. Critics… waste. Movie… represent.