|06-24-2009, 11:04 PM||#41|
Join Date: Jan 2008
as for Jetfire it is funny how many people hate the beard considering wreck-gar and scourge both had robotic facial hair. funny how people forgot about that. also the Quintesson had some as well. I'm just saying Jetfire's robobeard isn't anything new to the TF world.
|06-24-2009, 11:25 PM||#42|
I come from the Net.
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Montreal, Canada
In the first Great Depression, Hollywood managed to survive by spewing out terrible, generic cut-rate movies. People would flock to theatres, forget about their woes for a few hours, and Tinseltown would rake it all in.
Sound familiar? It should.
Generic Hollywood Robots II: Return of the Product Placement is a two-and-a-half-hour orgy of mediocrity. Remember the 1998 Godzilla re-imagining? The needlessly radical redesign, the overly large cast of uninteresting humans, and the plot which seemed to have been added as an afterthought between explosions?
Sound familiar? It should.
The team who reduced the Transformers to nothing more than a brainless teen comedy have returned to once again reduce the Transformers to nothing more than a brainless teen comedy.
If you thought that the character development was bad in the 2007 flick, guess again. It's even worse this time around, with more characters who have less screentime than ever before. Think of the Redshirts from Star Trek. Only this time, they've given them names and even action figures. If you're only going to give a character one line and 30 seconds of screentime, you probably shouldn't have bothered to have put them in at all. Why would a character come to Earth just to drive through a few buildings, not even get a full robot mode, and ultimately get blown up?
And speaking of the 'robot modes,' have you ever crumpled up a ball of aluminum foil? Congratulations, you've made an accurate replica of a movie 'Transformer.' What's that? Your replica has no limbs and can't even turn into anything? Well, why not put it on a wheel? Feet are SO 1980s.
Seriously. A construction vehicle that turns into what looks like the robot equivalent of an abortion? A head between two wheels and arms? Where is the torso? Where are the legs? What the hell IS that thing? And don't get me started on the motorcycle triplets. Three motorcycles who don't have a robot mode between them. Picture a jack-in-the-box, with the head on the end of the extended spring. Now put that jack-in-the-box on top of a unicycle. According to Hollywood, you have a robot. Are they trying to make a Beast Machines reference, or just make their designers look lazy? And speaking of terrible designs, the main villain, a bastardization of one of the more memorable Transformers villains (and the ONLY character in this movie who should have had flames) looks like Makuta from Bionicle, and doesn't even turn into anything.
There are many 'robots' in this flick. Too many, in fact, with more literally leaping out of nowhere. Can drones tunnel their way across oceans, and just happen to be in the right area of the right country during an important battle? Do Constructicons reproduce asexually? Do they have Multiple Man's abilities? Sure seems that way because they can be everywhere at once, despite being combined into some kind of gorilla-like Shop-Vac.
Also, way to misunderstand Cybertronians. Megatron calls no one 'master.' Transformers do not cry. They do not have green blood. They do not speak like inner-city thugs. They have their own lexicon of slang and curses and need not borrow the humans'.
But don't worry. The robots aren't the only characters who are awful. The humans are, too. Forget about acting and characterization. Oh no, you can rely on stereotypes to instantly understand everything about a particular character. Paranoid geekboy? Check. "OMG, it's my destiny" guy? Check. Airheaded women? Check! People with learning disabilities? Minorities? Double check!
Why? Why must they make two of the robots who get the most screen time turn into awful-looking Chevrolets with repulsive paint jobs? And why must those cars turn into slang-talking stereotypical gangstas? The Retardicon twins (Hurp and Durp) have huge ears, gold teeth, oversized eyes, speak in human slang, and can't read. Of all the characters to give screen time to, it had to be these two. Primus, why? It was like watching a pair of mentally deficient wannabe rappers having a seizure.
Along with the awful characters came other staples of this kind of movie-making: too much gimmicry, too much special effects, too much frat boy/douchebag/unfunny humour (wrecking ball testicles? Dog buttsex? What kind of 12-year-old wrote that into the script?), and of course, airheaded/airbrushed women who are only cast for two reasons. And their reasons are on their chests.
At one point, Megan Fox's character is seen airbrushing what looks like some trashy tattoo onto a motorcycle. How very appropriate.
This flick is incredibly difficult to watch. And not just for the foreseeable plot twists (I use the term 'plot' very, very loosely), the excessive amount of uninteresting/undeveloped characters, the excessive special effects, a story structured almost as badly as this write-up, and the incredibly forgettable generic soundtrack (which, come to think of it, seems highly fitting). For some reason, this hack of a director loves gimmicks such as shaky-cam, lens flare, motion blur, and slow-motion - and combinations of any of the above. Not only do these 'techniques' feel overdone and tacky, but they really make the movie literally unwatchable. What's going on? What just happened? I don't know, because the camera wouldn't hold still while the sun blocked everything on screen while everything moved around really quickly. If you expect people to pay damn near twenty dollars to watch your drivel in Imax, show some courtesy and let them see the movie.
The best way to describe this flick is to compare it to a 90s comic book - 24 pages of over-the-top 'toughguyness' and badassery for no reason (to the point that characters act out of character), characters no one has any reason to care about, excessive fighting and violence for the sake of excessive fighting and violence, whenches, and bad stories, complete with a holographic cover, a collector card, plastic bag, and whole lot of ads.
|06-24-2009, 11:28 PM||#43|
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Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Burbank, Ca.
Overall I liked the movie. The forest battle with Prime taking on numerous Decepticons was awesome and Prime merging with JetFire was equally awesome. I kept thinking this could've been the live action G.I JOE/TRANSFORMERS Movie we want. We had the W.H.A.L.E, Rattlers, U.SS. FLAGG, we even saw the 'Wolverine'. I all ways wondered how a Joe movie would be if Mr.Bay filmed it with all his military 'connections'? Anyways, I enjoyed the movie and I'll probably watch it again this weekend.
|06-24-2009, 11:32 PM||#44|
Join Date: Mar 2008
Prime died yes but he comes back and jetfire is merged with him...that ROCKED. biggest complaint...NOT ENOUGH SIDESWIPE!!!
|06-24-2009, 11:40 PM||#45|
Join Date: Nov 2008
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I agree, Sideswipe's opening scene was great and I figured he was on course to have a more prominent role, but then he just kind of resurfaces again at the end and that's it.
I mean "Im so damn good" that was great
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|06-24-2009, 11:55 PM||#46|
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Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Wakefield, RI
Overall, pretty good movie.
|06-25-2009, 02:26 AM||#47|
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Smithfield, NC
I'd like to know the names of the Decepticons that got offed. The car that Sideswipe split in half must have been sideways. Who was the earth mover that Prime put a hole through his head? Also, when they were bringing Megtron back, the Decept they turned on? And last for now, the Decept who had his face ripped apart by Prime?
|06-25-2009, 03:21 AM||#48|
Join Date: Jun 2008
Location: Cicero IL
The movie had AWESOME visual effects, and lots of Giant robots kicking ass dynamically. Maybe just MAYBE if there were more movies with well designed giant robots kicking ass I would give half a shit about the script, but there aren't so I don't.
Honestly what do you want from the movie?
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|06-25-2009, 03:32 AM||#49|
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Memphis, Tennessee
After TERMINATOR: SALVATION, I really hoped that this summer's blockbusters would only get better.
Apparently I was wrong to hope.
How could anyone other than an 8-12 year old boy sit through the 150+ minutes of TRANSFORMERS: REVENGE OF THE FALLEN and truly be happy with the final product? Please someone explain to me how yall are considering this movie "good" in any sense of the word.
I don't really know how he did it, but Michael Bay managed to take all the fun out of Transformers. Sure it's big and loud, but it's certainly not enjoyable and it's definitely not clever.
I'd say it's even more directionless than the original (I didn't think it was possible either).
Hell, this shit show was mind numbingly bad. It's a giant, retard of a movie and if wasnt for all the explosions, would have put 75-85% of the audience to sleep.
There are plenty of great special effects, but it lacks the heart of the original cartoon and doesnt even come close to having as much heart as the cartoon movie.
I won't even mention the fact that it's absolutely oozing with sexist & racist undertones. But those two autobots (yall know who I'm talking about) certainly get the Jar Jar Binks award for the summer...
They could have done so much more with Devestator...
I did think that Soundwave as a satelite was a GREAT idea (too bad that was one of the very few things I enjoyed about this abortion of a movie).
I could go through all of the terrible plot decisions and confusing story elements that never really get cleared up, but there just isnít the time and I donít have the inclination.
Okay, maybe one thing--if the Decepticons can make themselves look human (as one robot who visits Sam at college does), then why donít they all just do that all the time? Wouldnít that make their job of infiltrating and destroying humans so much easier?
It looks like Public Enemies may be the only decent action flick all summer (because I know GI Joe will be even worse than this garbage).
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