Last night I saw Transformers 2 in Imax, and I must say, I thoroughly enjoyed myself. No, it is not high drama, and there are more plotholes and cheesey lines than I careto count, but that’s not the point. It was entertaining, and I think I, like all Americans, need a little bit of that in my life.
We’re at War
Transformers shows American military as powerful, creative and honorable. The soldiers fight hard and smart, and rise in the ranks through courage and hard work. America needs to see “our boys” in action, victorious, instead of just hearing about bodycounts, roadside bombs and military debt. We even get to see the US win in the Middle East for once.
We’re in a Recession
America needs an excuse to get out of the house and spend a little money (but really, only a little). We’re on a collective staycation, and it could use a little bit of a boost. While we all complain about the price of movies, it’s fairly cheap, as far as escapism goes. So get out there and foster our economy, just a little bit.
We Need a Win
Let’s face it, no matter how goofy or ridiculous the movie is, it’s hard not to feel triumphant when the autobots kick some ass. This reason is tied to the two before it: as a nation, we’re feeling some collective ennui right now. This is especially so in New England where the summer decided to show up just last week. The economy is in the shitter, we’re still at war and the future is incredibly uncertain for so many. Every once in a while, it’s nice to just lose yourself in something and feel victorious. Coming quick on the heals of the 4th of July, Transformers 2 taps into the deep felt need for a swelling, grandiose score and many shots of the American flag, high atop our grandest buildings.
Right now a lot of people have to be very serious, almost all the time. Transformers 2 lets us indulge in hokey dialogue, overblown patriotism, transparent characters, amazing special effects and Megan Fox running in slow motion. So enjoy it, America. You deserve a break.
Originally posted Monday, July 20, 2009 at 3:04 PM