Just saw Transformers 2 a few nights ago. Definitely worth a look if you're heavy into special effects and CGI, but don't go in looking for anything beyond 6th grade drama. The "romance" will have you choking on your popcorn.
I'm not sure how I feel about these films. On the one hand, it's very interesting how movies are being made specifically for my generation--the one who grew up playing with Transformers and who knows who Optimus Prime and Starscream are. On the other hand, I caught myself thinking several times during the film, "Am I really here watching this??" Then of course there's a trailer for a G.I. Joe movie. Elizabeth was right--how long until My Little Pony an GEM make their debuts? I can almost see a Rainbow Brite movie in my head now.
As I was thinking earlier though, these toys were driven by stories and characters. They weren't generic like the 50s toys were, where you had a tractor or a soldier--generic stuff. In the 80s the toys were supported by 30-minute commercials that fleshed out stories and personalities for the toys, making them unique. The cartoons and comics affected how we played with the toys. Perhaps that stifled some of the imagination, but it also put us in closer touch with these characters; they were literally part of our childhood. I have to admit, in T2 when the constructocons form into their big behemoth, I felt a certain awe--like "Oh, yeah, that's how that looked in real life" or some such. :) I'm not sure how I feel about the "balls," though it was a great gag. Too bad they had to "hammer it home" to make sure all the idiots in the audience got it. Geez, whatever happened to giving the audience the benefit of a doubt??? Who knows, some of us may have a measurable IQ, goddamit.
At any rate, just thought I'd share some thoughts on the movie while it's fresh in my head.