Transformers, Revenge of the Fallen is well on its way to reaching the magic $400 million dollar domestic ticket sale mark. This would put this movie in the same class with eight others all time selling movies: The Dark Knight, Spider-Man, E.T. the Extra-terrestrial, Star Wars, Shrek 2, Titanic, Star Wars: Episode I-The Phantom Menace, and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest. However most of these movie had more or less a positive review, I can not say the same for this one.
So what makes this movie so bad. First off it is drawn out. The two and a half hour movie could have been been shorten to and hour and the story would have been told just the same. And that is if you call the plot a story. It is more or less a loosely connected series of scenes that allow Megan Fox to look hot, robots to combat each other, cars to drive around, and the US military to showcase it brawn. Fight scenes these days are so long that viewers often get "battle fatigue", it is ten times worse when the battle is between CG robots.
Why are people going out to see it then? Well if you are like me you grew up with the Transformers, and no matter how bad it was I would have been there to see it. A interesting indicator for times of recession is an increase in movie ticket sales. Going out to see a movie is one of the cheapest activities for a night out. It also meets all the factors to make this a blockbuster summer movie; sequal of a good movie, popular actors, high dollar special effects. And finally, people are not expecting Oscar winning performances from Optimus Prime, they simply want to be entertained. And entertaining it sure was!