I just watched Transformers 2, and while it’s just a little draggy at 2 & 1/2 hours and has some unnecessary toilet/frat humour, it’s great entertainment on the whole.
The non-bigoted among you will also be glad to know that Megan Fox thankfully keeps her tasteless rhetoric for which she isn’t going to apologize for off-screen (not that anyone actually goes to see her instead of the giant robots – even director Michael Bay dismisses some of her rantings, then she hits back by calling him Napoleon and Hitler-wannabe!).
MINOR SPOILERS FOLLOW
But get this: In contrast to the first film where the President of the United States’ identity is hinted at but not made explicit, and a fictional Vice President calls the shots, this time around the President is clearly named as Obama.
And a very true to life Obama it is! Because while he doesn’t make an actual appearance, his presence is left throughout the movie.
Observe the following:
1) An official representative is sent by the President (Obama) himself to carry out the President’s will with the authority of the President’s signature. Said representative is nothing but an ostentatious career bureauweenie who is appointed – czar-like and overruling – over the heads of the military by the President himself, to oversee and eventually dismantle the Human-Autobot alliance… Despite having a total lack of experience or hands-on knowledge about the subject matter. [Leon Panetta and the CIA, Brian Deese and GM’s dismantling]
2) He ignores and belittles the experience and advice of troops on the ground who have actually been working with the Autobots to fight the Decepticons, in favour of his own (and by extension, Obama’s) pre-conceived notions. [Obama’s attitude towards General Petraeus and the Surge in Iraq]
4) He blames the Autobots for ‘attracting the Decepticons’ to attack Earth. [Much like Obama blames America for provoking terrorist attacks worldwide]
5) When the Decepticons issue an ultimatum and threats of mass destruction, he delivers the President’s policy of seeking diplomatic negotiations despite advice from those who know the Decepticons that negotiations and appeasement do not work with genocidal fanatics… And even if it means acquiescing to the enemy’s demands and sacrificing one of their own, innocent people. [Iran’s protests and nukes, North Korea and nukes, Russia and missile defense vis-a-vis Poland, Taliban in the Swat Valley of Pakistan]
Wahkakakakakaka! Who said there’s no reality in Hollywood? Apparently, Michael Bay isn’t much in the tank for Chairman Zero!