Not All Movies Are Created Equal…

June 19, 2009 at 4:25 pm (Movies)


Alright, I just wanna go ahead and put this out there. I was a huge fan of the original Transformers when it came out about 2 years ago. By no means was I compelled to go watch the old series or start compulsively buying the toys, however Michael Bay’s adaptation of the story and the modernization of such a stagnant line was really refreshing and just a blast to watch on screen. It was by no means poetic or brilliant, but it was just fun. As reviews start to flow in for the second film set to premiere next tuesday (which I will be going to see even if it gets 00%), I think that some people might be forgetting that. The original film held up a sturdy 57%, and I remember it getting fairly warm reception. The new installment however is staggering a little with nearly 40 reviews and barely reaching 40%. By no means have I seen the movie, will pretend to know whether it is good or bad, or try to discredit those reviewers’ opinions, but sometimes I think that your perception of what a movie is and what it’s trying to accomplish can greatly affect how “good or bad” it is in your eyes. Really it can boil down to what you know you can expect from a movie. Like right now a majority of reviews coming in are basically saying “It’s too long, feels like tedious summer action, has too much action, and feels no different from the first.” While I can understand the issues in length and discrepancies, some of the claims on action have me scratching my head. There are two different feelings that you’ll have when either seeing Transformers 2 and let’s say Dead Poet’s Society. For the first you honestly can’t expect a deep emotional, thought-provoking experience, but for the other you’re not going to anticipate quick numbing action. When it comes down to it, I don’t really see that it’s fair to go see Transformers 2 and come out complaining about “lack of ambition” and “direction-less qualities” when you could be saying “holy crap did you see Optimus Prime trash that Decepticon!” It can all come down to what you’re expecting of a movie, and sometimes it’s really not that fair to keep a big budget movie blockbuster on the same par as a thought-provoking winter drama. They both may be great, but you should hold the two at different expectations. Sometimes there’s a movie that it’s necessary that you tense up and pay close attention, run through it with a fine-toothed comb, other times a movie is simply there to beat your brain in with a cybertron-shaped fist.



  1. darkcloak said,

    Right on.

  2. earlman27 said,

    Wow I actually got an agreement from DS on a rant post, that’s a real first.

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