If it wasn't for everybody around me talking about this movie, I wouldn't have gone to see a two-hour robot fight and an old story about Americans saving the world (once again!) You must know which movie I am referring to -- Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, the latest blockbuster that has been raking in a global box office taking of nearly 400 million dollars.
I have decided to write review for every single book that I read and every one of the movie that I watched. It is not just to leave impression that I have done that, but also to remind me to do something that is meaningful, not a waste of time.
It has been ages ago since I wrote my essay last time. In college, we are just copying and translating others' work, and there is not much endeavor put to origination. Th writing skills I owned seem to have abandoned me, whereas the sentence my Chinese teacher wrote to me when I graduated from high school looks humiliating right now: you will be a good writer.
College kinda suck, but that is not your excuse for not being better.
In this latest installment, Megatron, the leader of the evil "Decepticons," continues his mission to snatch the Matrix of Leadership, with which he can deplete the sun's power and strengthen his own forces. In order to stop the scheme and protect humankind, college student Sam Witwicky joins forces with Optimus Prime, leader of the "Autobots," the robots on the side of the good guys.
I think I quite know the life of Stephen Hawking, well, as least more than many of people who watched or are going to watch this movie, since I was so obsessed with him in my young age. I read all his books (of course I don't understanding most of them, even now), and found the universe is so fascinating. He is also the leader for me going through the beautiful world in astronomy.
This movie's plot could be told in just a few words but director Michael Bay makes us sit through 150 minutes before the final scene. During this time I frequently found myself looking at my watch.
I didn't feel like watching this until yesterday I saw an video about this in Bilibili. It is actually the scenes from last several minutes of this movie, those backwards scenes, which makes it so wonderful that I decided to pick it as my first movie for "Sunday Movie Night".
These days it seems every commercial Hollywood flick follows the same formula: a young and handsome guy going through some challenging situation with an equally courageous and good-looking girlfriend. That would be fine if the director could make the relationship an integral part of the story. However, in this movie, the romance part pops up from time to time but is never developed; eventually it gets quite boring. In addition, the portrait of Sam's college life also looks useless and unnecessary.
Truth be told, I didn't find the movie as impressing as I thought it would be. Since I have read the biography of Stephen Hawking, I found this movie failed to make every plot natural. Changes are always sudden: suddenly they fell in love, suddenly they get married and Jane is willing to look after him, and suddenly he succeeds. Also, I found that there are two lines in this movie: one is his career and the other is his life, or Jane's life. However this movie didn't tell both sides of the story well: it is often the case that without sufficient transition(?), things keep popping up. It must would be confusing to me if I didn't read his biography first. Even though I found it unnatural.
One more thing I have got to mention is that the movie spares no effort to display the advanced weapons and aircrafts of the American army. To me, this seems a blatant public relations show demonstrating the formidable strength of the US military to audiences all over the world. In this movie, the Pentagon and the Hollywood seem to make a better partnership than Sam and Optimus Prime.
But this movie reveals one aspect that I ignored when I was reading Hawking's biography: the women behind him. Maybe at that time I was too young to feel it (I was 14 then) or maybe it is because the biography is mainly on the man not his family at all. It is unimaginable how she can handle all these: her husband, her 3 kids and her own life. If I were her, I wouldn't have that much encouragement to take this life-time unpaid job. After all, how do you know in college that this is the man you wanna marry and devote your life for? And the kids! This woman won't have her own life again. That is terrifying!
Transformer toys have been widely available since I was a kid, and I am a dedicated fan of these mechanical heroes. While it would be a little biased to say there is nothing good in this movie since the visual effects are very spectacular, I cannot offer the movie a glowing reference because it has distorted what I think a transformer movie should be like.
However, this also shows that Jane did a good job on taking care of her husband. The outcome doesn't look well, maybe it is because the daily "boring" life consumed up their passion, and love. It is not enough to maintain a marriage with only responsibility, not love and passion anymore.
I give the film 5.5 out of 10.
Besides, the acting of Eddie is excellent! Maybe the judges in Oscar, like me, were wondering how can he bent himself like that and thought that he really imitated very well. Also, there are some fancy scientific words and maxims, which maybe altogether made Eddie the winner in Oscar. Haha.
Again, the last scenes where things come backwards until the very beginning are moving, I have to admit that. The director did give us a fantasy in movie, but life is not movie, after all.
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