Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
I actually enjoyed it, because I expected to hate it, and while it is definitely bad — buys into its own pompous mythos, takes too long to explain a conflict nobody cares about, thinks it's funny when it isn't — it also has a few fun bits.
It helps that it's cast with people who, in one sense, "don't belong" in a franchise like Transformers, but because Julie White and John Turturro needed the money (I assume), it makes the whole project more interesting. Turturro seems to have decided that the writing is terrible, but he signed a contract, so he might as well give it 100 percent, and he does.
Everyone does; the movie's execution is very good. That's the thing with steroid-popcorn fare like Transformers — you have to look at it for what it is, and not complain about what it isn't. It isn't subtle. It isn't going to give you the small, sharply observed moments. Megan Fox isn't Meryl Streep — so what? You want Meryl Streep, go to a movie with Meryl Streep in it. You want a bunch of shit to blow up while Megan Fox dashes around pouting and having taut abs, you go to Transformers. Michael Bay does, well, Michael Bay movies, and he does them really well; if you use a Woody Allen ruler to measure them, that's kind of on you.
I've gotten tired of commentary on Transformers and its ilk that doesn't review the movie, but rather can't wait to indict movies made for teenage boys for cheapening the culture (and also gas on about how much smarter than the material the reviewer is). I agree that, if big-budget toy-tie-in kablamotrons like Transformers take money away from smaller projects, it's a shame, but there isn't anything per se wrong with a movie that basically only exists to rig explosions — and not every quirky indie is per se better at what it does than Transformers or The A Team, or even very good at all.
Sarah 47, Death Race 11; 14 of 24 categories completed
Tags: John Turturro Julie White Megan Fox Meryl Streep Michael Bay movies Oscars 2010 Death Race Woody Allen