Transformers 2 ‘Humor’ As Stupid As The First?

Published 5 years ago by , Updated August 22nd, 2013 at 4:09 pm,

Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, co-writers of Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, talked to the folks over at SCI FI Wire the other day and briefly discussed the Transformers sequel and what we can expect from it in terms of tone, style and comedy.

Kurtzman and Orci, who together wrote the first Transformers and this summer’s Star Trek, say that Revenge of the Fallen has the same tone as its predecessor and that it’ll flow better than the first.

“Actually, I think you’ll find that it has all the same tone of the first movie… The story’s a little smoother, and it’s a little bit darker, so it does dip in there a little bit, but it has all the same humor, if not more than the first movie.”

We can definitely see the hints of a darker movie from the teaser and full trailer, but from the ShoWest footage for the movie we were shown an example of the humor that the sequel attempts to balance in the film with the action. That “comedic scene” came in the form of Bumblebee crying and gushing lubricant from his eyes as Sam tells him he’s leaving for college without him. It really wasn’t that funny, but I have higher hopes from the other humorous bits that the movie will include.

While I did enjoy a lot of the funny bits in Transformers, some things were just awful and out of place – the worst being when Agent Simmons tells Mikaela (Megan Fox) “She’s a criminal. And criminals are HOT!” Actually, pretty much all the scenes involving John Turturro’s character that were meant to be funny came off as awkward – to the point of taking me out of the movie experience.

If you haven’t watched the first movie in a while (hard to believe it came out nearly two years ago), I recommend watching it before seeing the sequel. I watched it recently and got a kick out of the action scenes which I loved the first time around but I found myself disappointed in the non-action bits. I had forgotten many of the weak parts of the movie until re-watching it again. Most of those parts centered around scenes or dialogue meant to be funny, but instead are childish (in a bad way) and/or nonsensical. From a stupid cop, to a stupid Defense Secretary, to a modelesque computer analyst and to the infamous government agent, Simmons, many supporting characters are intentionally written to not make sense and act stupid.

Is that what we’re getting more of? Does that sell more toys, tickets or DVDs? There were of course other characters that fans complained about but I enjoyed their comedic scenes for the most part.

I really hope this movie is better-constructed and well-developed. I want the characters to make sense in their roles and for their motivations to be believable. Most of all, I want fans to enjoy this more than the first and for the movie to earn itself some better reviews than the first did two summers ago. I hope it’s not too much to ask for.

What do you think of what the writers say about the humor about the Transformers sequel, is it a good or bad thing?

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen hits theaters June 24, 2009.

Source: SCI FI Wire

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  1. @ogb

    Ghosts of Girlfriends Past will be hot garbage IN YOUR OPINION.

    Sorry, just couldn’t restrain myself. :-P

    Vic

  2. vic

    your site, you win? that’s professional.

  3. @rob
    Thank you… There is no movie that everyone will like… I repeat… Everyone. But thats just my opinion…

    Also thank you for defending the movie in the past transformers threads…

  4. Watch “Ghosts of Girlfriends Past” make over 100 mil next weekend.

    aaaaahhhh!! :-(

  5. I am with Rob 1005on this one .
    The really sads thing tha there was a time when all The ” the “stupid humor”
    we see in movies like Transformers,
    was NOT the norm .
    Audiences used to expect more out of popcorn films
    and personally,
    I still do.

  6. LOL!
    That was meant to be
    I agree with Rob 100%!
    Maybe we should post examples of movies with entertaning humor that didnt underestimate its audience.
    Star Wars has so many!
    “my name is Luke Skywalker and I am here To rescue you”.
    ahh the good old days.
    anybody else out there have some classic movie humor from Scifi films of old?

  7. Alright, alright, this settles it all. If your opinion doesn’t match my opinion, you’re nit picking or you don’t have an open mind. There, case closed.

    You’re welcome.

    ;-) j/k lol

  8. I enjoyed the first movie, even the comedy bits (though I agree the Agent Simmons parts were a bit much) and so nothing’s really keeping me from watching the sequel. I do hope though that there will be some more action in this one, though. They won’t have to gloss over the “origin” or “who the heck are they!?” questions so much this time hopefully.

  9. I loved the humor in the first one and thought Anthony Anderson was a blast. Based on the clip released on Bays website(and then taken down) the same type humor will be on display the second time around.

    chuck

  10. I wouldn’t have a problem with the sucky humor in these movies at all IF I didn’t grow up such a big fan, and hadn’t been waiting to see what this cartoon would look like in live action on the big screen for at least 10 years.

  11. Thanks for the advice on girlfriends Big Toe, but I don’t think anyone here said that the robots shouldn’t interact with humans…

  12. It’s “Big Tobe”…Mr. 790 “didn’t” say…but if that’s all you got outta my “advice” then you missed the boat. Shocking! It’s a friggin’ movie!!! It lasts 2 hours and then you go home and come back to the real world. Lighten up! LOL!!

  13. @big tobe
    First of all… I connect to this site from my ipod not a desk. Secondly… Above they’re were several opinions none of which i recall saying that they’re shouldn’t be any humans and three… Judging by the big in your name and the aggresive insults towards us all seems like your on roids and you were displaying some roid rage. If indeed that is the case i feel sorry for your gf and that is incase if you have one at all screenlicker.

    I apologize to screenrant for doing that but it had to be done…

  14. Guys, come on! We all have our likes and dislikes; these are just our opinions. There is no need for personal insults. No one here is a moron because they liked/disliked the first movie or the comedy in that movie. I, for one, thought much of the comedy in the first one was horrible, but I liked the movie. Opinions vary.

  15. @john taylor
    Yes exactly but the tobe individual up there wanted to attack us personally… Just for commenting at all… Like we all have to be like him.

  16. Big Tobe,

    C’mon now, I think you missed the entire point.

    No one here is complaining about humans being in the movie, and this site exists to rant about what we dislike in movies. I hope you’re not telling us to stop doing what we set out to do…

    And a big LOL for telling everyone to “lighten up” when your comments are the most extreme here, heh. Oh, and it would be awesome if you wouldn’t call people morons… you should re-read your comments.

  17. You guys are HILARIOUS! Goodness! I read through every comment and I couldn’t help but laugh my head off. (ha ha, whooooow!). Hey Vic, you nailed Ken J. I feel sorry for him.

  18. Darren wrote: “Hey Vic, you nailed Ken J.”

    LMAO, that REALLY doesn’t sound right… :-D

  19. @Big Tobe

    I deleted your initial comment. Way out of line.

    Vic

  20. here, i thought i would put up some new info for you guys.

    new trailer is up on youtube, catch it while you can:

    http://www.slashfilm.com/2009/04/29/transformers-2-trailer-leaks-out-early/

    and the decepticon that looks like Blackout in the Showest is not him. it’s Grindor, new decepticon I guess.

    Enjoy,

    Cat

  21. it has some footage mixed from original trailer, 2nd trailer and showest but also some new footage, megatron being resurrected and new devastator footage as well.

    i love this stuff.

  22. youtube link:

  23. oh, also can’t tell for sure or not but it may be our first look at soundwave. i believe it is him resurrecting Megatron but I can’t tell for sure.

  24. That would make since that Soundwave would be the one ressurrecting Megatron. In the cartoon, he was the one Megatron could trust the most, if I’m not mistaking.

  25. most of the links have been taken down by paramount already so try this instead:

    http://www.mediafire.com/?sharekey=7c56dbf2d8d6f94036df4e8dca141969e04e75f6e8ebb871

    also, there may be spoilers of dumb humor in there for those that just love that type of thing. simmons anyone?

  26. I personally love stupid humor, it has it’s place.

    That place however is in movies like American Pie or Taladega Nights, NOT Transformers.

    Oh why oh why do these money grubbing Hollywood sphincter heads have to hijak our beloved 80′s cartoons?

  27. @ Cat,

    We don’t post leaked low-quality trailers like some other sites do.

    I believe it’ll officially be out tomorrow and when it comes out, we’ll post it :)

  28. @Stuart

    THANK YOU! I agree 100%!

    Vic

  29. @stuart

    yes… very valid opinion but i like i said before i wouldn’t change anything in transformers except for 2 things… jazz not dying and me in the movie instead of shia… other then that the humor was good… to me that is.