Take a look at the new trailer for Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Admittedly, most of the money shots here (like a Decepticon tearing through a highway overpass) were already in the trailer that played during the Super Bowl. And while I’m usually partial to any film with “Revenge” in the title, I’ve got to say, the first few images made me think Maeby Fünke had finally produced Armageddon 2: Armageddon. Falling meteorites — probably robots — crash into (and around!) global landmarks. Of course, this is the Michael Bay school of storytelling, which insists that any fireball explosion is more exciting if we have a shot of the Eiffel Tower in the background. Better yet, the pyramids at Giza! Okay, maybe it makes sense that evil Decepticons would attack an air force carrier (loving long shots of military hardware are a Bay must), but why would they need to crash by the pyramids? What possible strategic function could the pyramids hold for a bunch of space-born robots? Or could Revenge of the Fallen go all Stargate on us?
I, for one, tired of Optimus Prime’s preachiness in the first movie, so thankfully we are spared much robot-speak here. And yet sadly, this preview lacks the non-verbal wit and irony of the Fast & Furious trailer that played before Quantum of Solace last November. What do you think, PopWatchers? Are you primed for another bot-on-bot deathmatch this summer? Or like me, do you resent that Transformers is a movie franchise and Hungry Hungry Hippos is not?