I’m not a fan of Transformers; I didn’t grow up with them. I just like sci-fi action and effects films. I saw this film in theaters once. My expectations were somewhat low in terms of plot, acting, and dialogue, but my expectations of the VSFX and sound were very high. I was hoping it would equal or surpass the first installation. In terms of action and effects, TF2 didn't disappoint me in the theater (except near the end when the film ripped after Devastator appeared). I didn't even know some scenes were shot in Imax until I heard about it during the BD release week. I thought TF2 was a great flick for pure entertainment and carnage. However....
I like the first movie slightly better than this sequel, but not by much. The first had better pacing, somewhat better comedy scenes, and, I think, better human characters. TF2 excelled in magnitude, number of bots, explosions, and special effects. My favorite scenes include Ravage deploying all those round mini-bots into the secured military chamber where the last All-Spark piece was kept. Those small bots combined into that mantis looking robot. I think that scene is so cool and depicts the real future of robotic applications.
TF2 is wackier; yet, the comedic scenes weren't as funny to me as those in TF1. The human characters were over-the-top; their human reactions were exaggerated to the point of hysterical (and some say racist portrayal). There are some plot discontinuities, too.
I think what is most disappointing (and alarming) are some scenes that are inappropriate for the kind of audience this film attracts, mainly kids under 13 years of age. Yes, it is rated PG-13, but still, the adult “humor” and language should have been left out. Certainly parents need to make good judgment concerning what their kids watch in theaters. However, studios knew that TF2 would attract both adults who grew up with Transformers in the 80’s and kids who are into them now; therefore, studios put content for both kinds of audiences. Arguably, Michael Bay may be the best director for military-related, action-packed, blow-up and smash‘em kind of films – factors that made it easy for the studio to decide who would direct Transformers on the big screen – but, for a film directed mainly at kids, Bay is probably not the right director. My point here is, the language and certain scenes in TF2 didn’t enhance the quality or level of enjoyment. Bay put them in to make the PG-13 rating.
Some folks have already suggested a re-boot of the Transformers franchise. Perhaps they are right, but I don’t think it will happen soon. If TF3 is made, could it redeem the fallen Transformers franchise?