Review: Transformers – Revenge of the Fallen

 

Bumblebee is back
The gentle giant of the Transformers universe.

The sequel to the 2007 blockbuster “Transformers” is out and it is rockin!

When I see trailers for movies I decide (because of my ever-shrinking budget) whether it is going to be a “wait for the DVD” movie or “go see it in the theatre” movie. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” was a “Go see it in the IMAX, baby!!!” And I am certainly glad I shelled out the extra bucks to do so. Getting caught up in the special effects and sound was worth it, because that is at least half of what make this movie so great! I am not saying it in the snide, put down way that “bite the hand that feeds you” Megan Fox did. (What the heck was she thinking?)

The movie critic “Movie Mom” said of the 1st Transformers “the robots are just so cool!” She was right then, and it hasn’t changed now. They’ve gotten even cooler with way more personality.

Let’s talk personality. Bumblebee – come on, that is one hot car and if he were human I would totally want to date him. Courageous, loyal, sensitive, strong – everything a woman wants. But there was one thing in the movie that confused me; what happened to his voice? They made a big deal out of giving him James Earl Jones’ voice at the end of the first movie and gave some lame excuse as to why it doesn’t work now. Don’t get me wrong, I adore him without the voice, he expresses way more through radio and song – but it was a little cheesy the way they glossed it over. And while I am pet peeving on this; James Earl Jones as the voice for a hot car like Bee? No way! JEJ has the voice for Kings and Gods, not a hottie like Bee. Let’s think along the lines of Samuel L. Jackson, or Ice T., or even Vin Diesel. That would be a tough voice!

I’ll go ahead and get my other problem with the movie out of the way. This is not quite a spoiler; but if you haven’t seen the movie yet, skip this paragraph. I could have thought of at least 3 different ways to help Sam in the desert without going all mystical like they did (OK, 1 and if I thought really, really hard I could come up with 2 others, but you get my point). It reminded me so much of the way The Matrix was ruined by trying to take it to some “higher purpose” when the purpose was already high enough! Come on guys, is uniting 2 alien races not enough for you? We can’t even get peace on one planet; I would think engendering trust between 2 planets is a huge deal. Why the great beyond stuff?

OK – spoiler part over, you can read again.

Things I adored;

Sam’s Mom: this woman is hilarious! Between crying over sending her only child to college and sampling some of the “special” brownies being sold at the bake sale – she will have you dying. Do not drink too much Coke, you will have to go to the bathroom from laughing so hard.

The Twins: they almost destroy as many things fighting each other as they do the Decepticons, but do not attack one of them. They are brothers, and you do not mess with brothers.

Transformers hiding: just like in the first movie, the Transformers attempt to hide. I have no idea why I find this so funny, but I do. It reminds me of my 6 year old standing up straight as he can behind the tree in hopes I won’t kill him for using my china for flying saucers.

Sam: he is just great. Every tiny expression is perfect. You can tell just how nuts he thinks his roommates are to just how devastated he is by a great loss he experiences, and how much guilt he feels over this loss.

Bumblebee: I love this car, I want this car. I will even take the old beat-up version of this car as long as I get one that cries when I say I am going to leave him behind. Oh and that comes out shooting military grade bombs at any adversaries. I think he would be great in Atlanta traffic.

The plot was not great in this movie. There were some pretty Swiss cheese type holes. But the acting and the special effects more than made up for it in my opinion. Michael Bay was not going for Drama of the year or an Oscar with this film, he was looking to give us all a good time – and he succeeded with that spectacularly.

Can I have my Bumblebee now, please?

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi action violence, language, some crude and sexual material, and brief drug material. The twins’ language is particularly “street” foul language. I would definitely pay attention to the “13” part of it. Your 5 and 6 year olds are going to beg to see this because it looks so cool, but unless you want to spend the entire movie going “don’t repeat that” – then you will probably want to hold off until the DVD version.

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Movie Review : Land of the Lost

Actor Will Ferrell
Will Ferrell is like the Energizer Bunny. He just won’t stop. 🙂

If you’re a fan of Will Ferrell, this movie won’t disappoint you. He does what he does best – slap-stick humor. I did find myself laughing out loud a few times.

A word to the parents that are not Will Ferrell fans: if you can safely drop off your pre-teen/teenager at the movies and go shopping, please do so. And don’t worry about the kiddies seeing something shocking…Most everything in this movie can be seen on television. Lots of slime, spit and urine being tossed about. The kids will love it. I can’t say anything bad about Land of the Lost. You’ll be entertained and the final scene with Matt Lauer is priceless…..

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Review: Year One

Parents, are you uncomfortable sitting through a Cialis commercial with your preteen, dreading to hear the words “erectile dysfunction” and waiting for you kid to ask you, “what is an erection and why do you need to see a doctor if it lasts more than four hours?”…

If the answer is yes, don’t go see this movie with your youngster. I’m not saying don’t see the movie. DO see this movie – just not with your kid. It’s a hysterically funny parody of the Old Testament with some great lines delivered by some great characters; there’s poop and urine humor, some hints of bestiality, and of course gay humor. Part of the story takes place in Sodom and you can imagine the fun the writers had with that scenario.

I saw Year One at the first showing and was amazed to see the number of kids under 13. A mother with four young boys sat in front of me. The kids laughed all the way through the movie. The mother did not…

Go see it with a friend or your spouse – not your kid! 🙂

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Review: The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3

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There was nothing wrong with The Taking of Pelham 123. The acting in Pelham was more than adequate, as you would expect with high caliber actors Denzel and Travolta carrying the load. The story was okay; the direction was okay; the writing was okay. So as much as anything that’s what is wrong with Pelham. It was just okay.

There are no great reveals and no great plot twists. Which in and of itself is no crime but that leaves the movie as nothing more than a simple story. And that can work well if there are compelling characters. Characters that you want to live, or die, or overcome some obstacle. Someone to root for. But that’s not the case here.

Denzel played his character just fine but the character as written was unassuming and humble. So no great attachment is made with the audience.

Travolta’s character – Ryder – wasn’t terribly evil or malicious. So it’s hard to root against him. It seems as though an effort was made to make the audience associate with Ryder and think, “This could be me under those circumstances.” But the story just doesn’t quite pull it off.

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The acting in Pelham was more than adequate, as you would expect with high caliber actors Denzel and Travolta carrying the load.

Movie Review – Iron Man – Genius, Philanthropist, etc who started it all

Movie Review - Iron ManThis is the movie that started it all for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it still holds up after all this time. In fact, knowing the character arc of Tony Stark (at least up to the end of Infinity War) makes this first movie even better. Not many franchises can say that.

Those doubts about Iron Man, so long ago, put to rest

One of the few criticisms the MCU has had over the years is that many of their villains have been rather cardboardy. That has been said of this first Iron Man, but I tend to disagree. First, they didn’t try to set up an ongoing villain. They created one that was a one-and-done, which works best for an origin story.

Secondly, they made up for it with the misdirection. We think we know who the villain is going to be — then we get a 180. For a first time movie viewing it worked really well. The humor, the pathos…it WORKS. Robert Downey Jr single-handedly improvised his way into something brand new in the superhero genre — and created the entire foundation of MCU greatness. Just ask the box office for Avengers: Endgame, and ten year’s worth of rabid fans.

I remember when I first saw previews for this movie. My first thought was: Robert Downey Jr., as a superhero? Seriously? This must be some sort of joke.

Little did we know what was to come. No one could have done Iron Man better, or set up what’s become the world’s most exciting continuous franchise. No one else comes close.

Grade: B+

About The Peetimes: The first Iron Man movie predates RunPee — by about one year. We added these Peetimes retrospectively, just to create continuity with all the other MCU movies.

There are extra scenes during, or after, the end credits of Iron Man. (What we mean by Anything Extra.)

Rated (PG-13) for some intense sequences of sci-fi action and violence, and brief suggestive content
Genres: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Superhero