Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen - The IMAX Experience Review...& Addressing Brought Up Issues
How do the Autobots and Decepticons look in IMAX? Are the Twins really that annoying? Does this sequel really blow?
REVIEW OF THE IMAX EXPERIENCE ITSELF
Optimus Prime fighting three Decepticons at once in a forest. The Fallen and his Decepticon soldiers on top of a giant pyramid. Autobots and Decepticons brawling in the Egyptian Desert. How does this all look on the IMAX screen?
Incredible, massive and expansive.
Words cannot describe how incredible this film looked in IMAX. Now, I know many of you may bring up this point: "Everything looks better in IMAX". While that's true, it's not always worth your money, and it's not always that much of an upgrade. What separates this from other IMAX Experiences, such as The Day The Earth Stood Still
, is the actual use of IMAX cameras and the cinematography in the film itself. There were about three scenes total shot with IMAX cameras, and when they came people actually applauded and gasped. The scenes looked absolutely beautiful. The image had so much depth, it was so clear, and so massive that it just blew me away. I have not experienced something like this since The Dark Knight
IMAX Experience last year.
The film itself also brings out the best in IMAX. Many people believe that IMAX brings the best out in a film, but I think it's vice versa. You need an epic action flick for IMAX to work. When I saw The Day The Earth Stood Still
in IMAX I was impressed with the image clarity, but it wasn't an 'experience'. The screen looked average size and when the CGI came into play I still felt like something was missing. Watchmen
in IMAX had the same problem. I saw Watchmen
in a conventional theater, but had seen glimpses of it in IMAX. The image was sharper and the sound was great, but it wasn't worth paying $15.00 over. Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
gives us a wild ride, and when it's seen in IMAX it's a million times better. Even when the scenes weren't using IMAX cameras, the image was still massive and incredibly clear. Even the credits looked good. Sounds stupid, but it's true.
Overall the IMAX Experience is DEFINITELY worth it for this film. I don't regret spending one penny on my ticket. Hell, my brother basically got a free ticket for doing one of those offers on Fandango! I highly recommend people see this in IMAX if they're able to. You won't be disappointed.
IMAX Experience Rating: BETTER THAN SEX!!!
I was skeptical coming to see this film. The critic reviews were poor for the movie and The Spill Crew seemed to really dislike it. Even Carlyle hated it and I agreed with him on the first film. I was one of the people that loved the first installment. It was a huge action flick and the perfect summer blockbuster/pop-corn flick. The story was a little corny, but the effects and the fights were incredible. I was hoping Revenge of the Fallen
would bring back the same things.
I'm happy to say it did. It brought back everything that was good in the first film and pumped it up on steroids. More Transformers and more screen time for them. More explosions. More intense battles. More incredible effects. More hot rides and hot chicks. What else do you want in a summer/pop-corn flick? This film delivered, and while it had some minor flaws, it was nothing that took me away from liking the film.
In the Spill Audio Review, there was an early retort made by Korey. He said some people will say "It's just robots fighting and blowing shit up, what did you expect?" (Not quoting it directly, just from what I remember). He said he expected a decent story and some character development. While I agree that these things should be in a film, I don't agree that one should expect this with Transformers. You HAVE to expect a corny ass story and no character development...it's Michael Bay and it's Transformers. He's going to do the same thing he's been doing all these years: blow shit up. But I still respect Korey's opinion.
The story in Revenge of the Fallen
is probably just as corny as the first, but I actually liked it a lot more. Sam is once again caught up in the war between the Autobots and Decepticons, only this time you get a little more history as to why they're fighting. We learn things that Optimus should have told Sam from the beginning. I felt there was a background story missing in the original installment, and this one fills in the gaps. But don't get me wrong it's still corny, but also cool for some reason. I felt like a kid again and I was actually engaged with these guys brawling it out. It's much more personal this time.
As for the acting...it's pretty medicore. Don't get me wrong because some did well, like Josh Duhamel, John Turturro, and Shia LaBeouf. All of the voice acting was also very well done. I still love Hugo Weaving as Megatron, and all of the other Transformers did a great job. But that's pretty much it. Everyone else doesn't seem to try as much and there are corny one-liners. Some work, but some don't. But there's so much action in this film it wont bother you at all. There are very few dialogue scenes in this film because most of this movie is composed of Transformers blowing shit up and fighting one another.
Finally, the CGI looked incredible. I told my self it's impossible to top what they did in the first installment, but they proved me wrong. The Transformers look as if they're really in the environment interacting with the humans. This film seriously needs to be considered for an Oscar in the Visual Effects department...hell it should win it. The people that work on these Transformers do an amazing job.
Overall, if you liked the first film you'll probably end up liking this one. The action is pumped up, and if that's what you're seeing it for then you're all set. If you want an improved story from the first one, this film will NOT give you what you're looking for. Just don't expect so much -- turn off your mind, eat your popcorn, and enjoy!
P.S. - Cyrus c'mon man! Just because people like this movie doesn't mean they have no taste in film! My absolute favorite movies are films like The Godfather, The Shawshank Redemption, Goodfellas, Frost/Nixon
etc. and I still loved this film. I'm 19 and I'm not going to look back at this and say "What the hell was I watching?" It was a lot of fun. Everyone has their own opinions.
My Spill Rating for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
- FULL PRICE!!!
Before seeing this film, I heard everyone nag and nag about 'The Twins'. From what I read they were supposed to be some of the most stereotypical and annoying characters since Jar Jar Binks. QUIT THE EXAGGERATION PEOPLE! They weren't even that offensive. They weren't even annoying. They were just comic relief. There are a lot more offensive things out there in the world of film, and many of them are a lot more stereotypical and offensive than this. I even had a black dude sitting next to me and I had talked to him before the film began because he seemed like a hard-core Transformers fan. Guess what? He cracked up when these guys came on screen. The whole theater did! They're pretty funny, and they don't even have that much screen time! My opinion is: QUIT COMPLAINING. Your over-hyping something dumb. The voice actors took these characters into the direction they wanted to. They don't take away from the film at all.
The Michael Bay World
Another issue people have is the 'Michael Bay World' aspect of the film: All the women are hot and everything is exaggerated. I'm fine with exaggerated action, but I personally think Bay needs to be more realistic with the people he's shooting. Everyone looks like a model, running around in a world of machines fighting each other. Don't get me wrong, I love looking at the hot babes, but seriously sometimes it's over exaggerated.
I'm the type of guy that likes long films, but only if it has a purpose OR if it's for some bad-ass action. I felt like this film went incredibly fast for being 2 hrs. and 30 min. There is just so much action that the time barely becomes a factor. The film feels much shorter that what it was. The only way you can become bored with this movie is if you think giant robots fighting and blowing shit up is boring. Not your thing? Then you might be looking at your watch extensively while you watch this movie. If you enjoy this kind of thing, kick back and enjoy the mayhem!
Hope I addressed most issues people had with the movie. I also hope I was able to help you in your decision in regard to seeing this film in IMAX or in a regular theater. Take it easy Spillios. Also, if you're going to leave dumb-ass comments or rants you can just fuck off =]. I accept all opinions, as long as they're written respectively. Take it easy everyone!
Still hyped over the action...