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Transformers 2 was a little bit over-the-top in my opinion.  Megan Fox’s acting is significantly worse this time around, which works against her good looks and creates a lackluster character.  On several occasions, robots with heavily distorted voices gave lengthy speeches about the extremely complex history of Transformers, Decepticons, etc…  Yeah, the problem here is 1) we can’t understand a word you’re saying, and 2) even if we could, this web of plotlines is way too deep for a movie that is essentially aimed at a younger audience. 

Special effects were absolutely phenomenal, and served as a pleasant distraction to the fact that I had very little clue as to what was going on every time a fight scene took place.  Also intriguing to me was the fact that Sam’s parents showed up during the final battle… in the middle of the Egyptian desert, with robots and soldiers and pyramids everywhere, his parents are suddenly there.  ?  Little things like this occur throughout the movie, where you’re just meant to assume that it’s supposed to happen that way, and that’s all there is to it.

On the upside, my popcorn and Mountain Dew were fantastic. 

Actually there were some very funny parts, highlighted (in my opinion) by a brief conversation between good ol’ “Shy LaBeef” and a couple of frat guys at his college.  Spoiler alert!

[Bumblebee, in Camaro form, has parked in the lawn of a frat house where Sam is partying, causing a scene]

Frat Guy 1: Hey is that your car??
Sam: No, uhh, it’s actually my friend’s, he just…went…to find you a tighter shirt.
Frat Guy 2 (unphased): There’s not a tighter shirt…we checked (pounds fists with Frat Guy 1)

Hilarious!  Anyway, go see the movie if you loved the first one.  If the first one was just okay to you, this lengthy sequel probably isn’t your cup of tea.  Or Mountain Dew.

Reviewing done.  Well, we just got back from Cornerstone Festival (year 3 for us!).  The two best parts about this year at C-stone were: 1) the very strange and unexpected cool-as-a-cucumber weather we experienced, and 2) meeting and hanging out with a kid named Cody.  We have been Myspace friends with Cody for a long time, and have had a lot of conversations via the web, but this was our first time meeting him in person, and he is an incredible guy.  Coolest Philmont fan ever, I dare say?  Thank you Cody for blessing me this week.

“Droppin’ Knowledge with Josiah” should debut next week if I’m not mistaken.  Stay tuned.  Here are your three songs, purchase with care!

Three Songs to Buy on iTunes This Week:

1. “The Suffering” by Coheed & Cambria

2. “Bury Your Head” by Saosin

3. “The Rising Tide” by Sunny Day Real Estate

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2 Comments

  1. I agree with what you’ve said about Transformers :-s…was disappointing. About his parents suddenly appearing though I believe the Decepticons kidnapped them while they were in France and carried them to the desert for use in manipulating Sam. ^_^

  2. I saw it this weekend. I agree, it’s a typical sequal: High expectations, but still not as good as the first one. And I missed the part of the kidnapping of his parents, so I lost it at that point too xD


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