Since the Transformers DVD arrives in stores tomorrow, and since I'm in the middle of writing a review of said DVD, I figured why not ask around to see what you folks expect from a Transformers 2. Here's what we know so far about the sequel: Director Michael Bay and star Shia LaBeouf will be returning; a script is currently being written by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Ehren Kruger; the film will be moodier and deeper (according to visual-effects supervisor Scott Farrar); and the studio is eying a June 26th, 2009 release date. I never had the chance to review Transformers when it first hit screens, so I'll save some of my thoughts on the film for my upcoming DVD review. However, I will say that I wasn't entirely pleased with the finished product.
That said, it was hard for me to expect more out of a Michael Bay film. The guy seems to know exactly what audiences want -- I like to call him the Emeril of the big screen; "You know what this film needs? Bigger action sequences ... BAM!" For an on-again, off-again fan of Transformers growing up, I did not like the "look" of the robots, with the exception of only a few. There was way too much silver going on, and I found myself confused a lot of the time as to which robot was which; who did what, and so on. The fight sequences were all over the place; stuff happened way too fast and the final battle felt too staged and somewhat claustrophobic. The human element, I felt, was pulled off rather well; I liked LaBeouf, and thought he did a good job. But upon leaving the theater, my friend and I couldn't help but feel let down some. And, trust me, I went into this as a fan. For those that absolutely loved Transformers, I imagine you'll simply expect more of the same out of the sequel. But for those, like me, who are fans and wanted the first film to be better, I'm curious to find out what you expect from the sequel. What do you want to see? What do you think the sequel needs?
So, I ask you: What does Transformers 2 need in order for it to please more people?