Considering a pivotal character such as Jetfire, his crazed spouting of days of old unveils far more to the story than meets the eye. Sorry, I had to. But I think it’s better I leave all of that up to your own discovery as that’s part of the fun of multiple viewings. So far, I’ve gotten more from it each time and it’s unfortunate that so many who have bashed or praised Revenge of the Fallen did so without taking into account everything it has to offer.
Both lovers and haters of the film are blinded by the visuals and the crude humor. Yes, I said both. Personally, I’m not a fan of most of the humor in this entry. Some of it is super funny, no doubt. But I’m not a fan. People get so bent out of shape about the Twins or dogs humping that they ignore the awe-inspiring splendor abounding (and I’m not just talking about flashy special effects).
Both parties see the loud carnage and one says, “Awesome, I like explosions!” The other says, “That’s great and all, but it’s just loud and dumb.” Both of which ignore the heart and truth at the core of both the Autobots' and Decepticons' design among other things. But I’ll return to this point later.
It seems a lot of critics bank on the Twins, calling them out for being racist caricatures, which I think is one of the most profoundly absurd accusations I’ve heard against a film in years. They aren’t even in this film anywhere near enough time for them to constitute an entire film's worth of total awesomeness to go ignored. In fact, watching it again on Blu-ray I could have sworn I remembered them being in the film longer. I know that there were some dialogue changes made to the home version, but was their screen time cut down as well? Owning it now, I find it even harder to figure out why everyone hates them so much. They’re not funny, sure. Racist? Seriously, get a hobby.
Other than the crude humor, thin plot, and being “too loud,” I don't hear any other intelligent arguments. So, what you’re telling me is that because you didn’t find it funny, you missed 90% of the plot, and you have ears like a 100-year-old woman, it’s a bad movie? Don’t get me wrong. I’m not claiming that Revenge of the Fallen is a Schindler’s List in disguise, but there is undeniably far more sophistication to it than a lot of critics would like to admit.