Before you read any further; mild spoiler alert!
so we went and watched a movie again, and this time it was pretty obvious what it was; a movie. and a rather good one at that, except that Obama gets completely trashed in it.
the whole planet is under threat of complete destruction at the hands of the evil Decepticons and what does the president of the United States do? he runs away leaving his people to suffer and hides in his er, secret hideout. As if the sun going nova will leave anything but an atomic dust particle or two of the solar system behind. But i suppose one can always rely on the audacity of hope.
to make matters worse, he installs one of his cronies from the White House special operations team to take over eveything in his absense. Demonstrating his skill for choosing the 'right people'. This special ops agent must have been the chief toilet block investigator or something because if he'd had his way, Earth would have been flushed down a black hole before you can say 'yes we can!' and wave a flag in an optimistic manner.
To save the day, the army takes command of the military operations like their supposed to, and chucks the last remaining representative of the president of the United States rudely out of an airborne plane. You can almost hear it screaming out; if the US left its dirty work to the military like it was supposed to, they'd overrun pretty much anyone who stood in their way of 'saving the world from evil'. They even partially trash Shanghai, yes Shanghai, the stronghold of the worlds biggest army; in the very beginning of the film. leaving to no doubt as to who holds whom by the balls, at least in the mythical constructs of Hollywood. Im sorry but was George Bush named somewhere as Executive Producer? i missed the credits.
The incompetency of the President aside, the US is portrayed as the world's foremost political and economic superpower, in spite of all real life evidence to the contrary. They decide everything from when to attack to where; infiltrating foreign airspace and carrying out terrible battles in middle eastern villages at a whim. But hey its all good, civillians have to die if the world (read; the US) is to be saved from evil alien threats, especially insignificant poor people in far off countries. the further off the better. Life is only a movie if its outside your boundries of reality afterall.
It doesn't help that the chief of the Decepticons looks like some robotic version of a Pharoah. leading to no doubt as to which rough geographic location evil threats usually originate from, give or take a few hundred clicks to the South or East.
Aside from all that, Megan Fox was hot. Fullstop. And if there was any socio politcal symbolism at all associated with her i missed it as my mind was going 'mwaaa!' weakly, over and over again whenever she came on. Theres gotta be a law against people that hot.
Theres more. One would think that after the total collapse of the US car giants the Autobots would get with the times and start being Toyotas and Hondas when driving around. Instead we see out of production General Motors trucks and gas guzzling Camaros, which try a bit too had to seem cool. Im sorry sir, but im buying a Maruti, as soon as i can afford one.
But they don't appear to have completely lost touch with the current car maket as the 'newly designed' autobots (yeah theres a host of em) prance around in the guises of what can only be CBRs and Kawasakis with all branding removed.
They probably couldn't find any US cars to make the rest cos every single other new robot i could see was either a toaster or a vacuum cleaner when they were not out being badass and cutting other robots to pieces with futuristic chainsaws and laser beams.
All in all, a good watch, great entertainment. Did i mention Megan fox was hot? and humourous. Not Megan Fox, the movie. the movie was humourous. Maybe not as coolly subtle as the first one's sparse scattering of funnies but it still had the audience hooting wth laughter. They also probably needed the jokes to make up for a weak plot, not too great directing and dollop of corny hindi movie moments.
I'd rate it a little bit below Wolverine in terms of pure entertainment value but way below Transformers 1 if you're looking for a real quality watch. But watch it, its better than Night of the Museum 2 and leaves the shitpile i was tortured through last week, in the galactic dust. It'll have you glued to your seat, which is more than what a lot of other movies seem to be capable of doing lately.