Warning! May contain mild spoilers to Transformers 2!
Darn, it. The forums strip out excess line breaks...
Transformers 2 was okay. It just wasn't anywhere near as good as the first one. It just felt like they were trying to do too much and wound up doing too little. The characters didn't gel as well as they did in the first one; the forced splitting up of Sam and his family, et. al., was pointless, especially as they were all just thrown back together again almost immediately.
The new characters introduced never really got the time to fit in to the story and may as well never been introduced in the first place; especially the dorm mate, even as comedic relief he was annoying and useless as crap. He had zero redeeming qualities and the screen time used up by him could have been put to better use.
The whole thing with the "cookies" and Sam's mum was another pointless part of the movie. It just simply wasn't needed and wasn't even all that funny.
Granted the entire college thing was probably just so they could trash the house, but it just didn't work.
Even the army guys seemed worse than in the first movie. They worked so well as a team in the first movie, but they just didn't get the chance to do that at all in this one. Which in turn, took well crafted characters and rendered them ultimately into card-board cutouts of their former selves. What a waste.
The only reedeming quality of the movie was some of the new action with the transformers, but even then, they had to go ruin it with annoying side kick characters(those autobot twins? Christ. Kill them already). As soon as they spoke all I could picture was Chris Tucker and his annoying as hell whiny never-ending voice.
Given that, I'm not holding out much hope that the third will be an improvement. I guess the old, sequels are rarely better than the original has proven true again. I'll probably wind up buying it on DVD though, but I'll be reaching for the mute button any time those annoying twins turn up.
As for things I'd suggest watching, I'm sure most of the movies I like would be considered far too mainstream for most so I'll suggest a few of the not-so-mainstream ones =P
The Hitcher (the remake)
Vexille (and for that matter, Apple Seed (remake) and Ex-Machina)
Toki wo kakeru shojo (the anime, not the live action original)
Post edited July 02, 2009 by bansama