I was surprised to find this to be so easy to like. Sure, it's not a "high-concept" action movie, but it provides a good time. The characters are likable enough to spend 2 hours with, and Shia LeBeouf works well in his CGI surroundings. This is a better-than-average Michael Bay movie. (I give it 2 paws, since I can't give it 2 1/2, and three seems borderline.)
Most of action and a bit less of the charm of the original are on display here. You get more or less what was advertised: a loud, CGI-heavy, hit-or-miss humor-filled action movie. It's fun, but less so than the first.
Not good by any standard, but watchable.
Reviewed by NWRdr4 for Transformers at 2010-01-31 16:07:28
The entire movie revolves around giant CGI robots fighting each other--nothing else. And for providing these fun, entertaining robot fights, I give it some credit. The movie doesn't deserve anything more, however, for the mediocrity that surrounds the lame acting and idiotic script (which, for the most part, lacks characterization and intelligent dialogue).
So if you're looking for a dumb, loud popcorn movie, look no further than Transformers. If you're in the mood for something a little classier, skip it. That's all there is to it.
One of those few movies that are simply perfect in every way. The Coen brothers have created (another) masterpiece--the script is lyrical, and the actors deliver their lines with graceful emotion (most notably of which is Gabriel Byrne, whose subtle performance is fascinating); every shot and camera angle is a work of art, and is meshed together perfectly by sharp editing and a superb soundtrack.
I didnt feel like I was watching the sequal to the movie I loved. I was a little dissapointed. I kind of felt like I was watching a different movie all together than what I expected. Besides the throw back I thought the action was breathtaking and Shia was amazing but I was dissapointed in all the perverted material. I was set agast at all the bad humor.
there is only one word for this movie, fantastic. way better than the first and just as humorous. great action good cast and awesome special effects. if you havent seen it yet, your missing one of the summers and the years biggest and best movies.
Brilliant!! I have seen this movie atleast 20 times and each time there is something new that i am awed about. The concept and the transformations are just out of this world. Amazing level of detail taken care of.
My favorite Coen Bros. Flick
Reviewed by KHL for Barton Fink at 2009-01-06 17:15:31
Turturro and Goodman are outstanding in this bizarre, mildy comic and ultimately dark tale about an inspired NY playwright turned Hollywood scriptwriting hack in the late 30s-early 40s. His idealism and ideas are pretty much gone to seed in this dry desert environment, and in his quest to make the ultimate play about 'the working man', he meets Charlie (Goodman), an honest-to-gosh working dude, or is he? Great art deco sets, perfect supporting performances by many (including Judy Davis as the wife of a deranged Fitzgerald-Faulkner type fellow hack and Steve Buscemi as the weird Bellhop 'Call me Chet!') make this film great to watch - not to mention the twists and turns of the story line that will leave you wanting to watch it again.
It struck me how little the main character (played by Matt
Damon) actually does in this movie. He never makes any active
choices - when he is directing things for the CIA, he announces,
and others carry out his decisions. He is pretty blank as a
character. He does make a couple of choices with regard to his
son, though. But he also doesn't choose to deter his son beyond his vague suggestions about life in the CIA. Most other
decisions are made for him and he follows orders when he is not
giving orders. He does make the choice to turn around in the
hallway and go back to the Skull and Bones innitiation. He
chooses that life. He does what is expected of him. He has sex when he is dragged into it, he gets married when the girl getspregnant, he goes overseas when asked.
They don't come much funnier. If you're a Baby Boomer, this is not to be missed. If you're not, you can laugh at their (our) expense. Jeff Bridges is great, but John Goodman's performance is out there in a category with the geniuses of modern off-beat comedy.
Best Coen movie ever
Reviewed by CoolerKing for Miller's Crossing at 2008-04-04 11:34:01
There's just not an ounce of fat in this film. About as near-perfect as they come. The dialogue is like hardboiled blood poetry, and the look and mood are killer. Tremendous performances throughout, and the "Danny Boy" scene with Albert Finney getting fancy with a tommy gun is a classic.