The first Transformers movie was unexpectedly pleasant. We had all expected Michael Bay to shit all over our childhood dreams, but surprisingly the movie delivered a heartfelt story about A Boy And His Car, and the action wasn't too excessively over the top (it was, but the story made up for it).
I had heard since then that Transformers 2 was terrible so I'd never bothered to watch it, but recently I did and it's much better than expected. The action is still quite Michael Bay, though it is remarkably well-paced. Unlike many Michael Bay productions, none of the action sequences go on for three times as long as they should (as they typically do in his films), but instead they end after having resolved the conflict that precipitated them, then there is some more plot advancement, and then more action. It is interspersed very well throughout the movie and never becomes tedious.
Two other highlights of the movie:
- JetFire is in the movie, and he's pretty awesome.
- Rainn Wilson (Dwight Schrute) is in the movie, and he is awesome.
All in all, it definitely sucked a lot less than expected.