Monday, June 22, 2009
Transformers 2: Evil Robots destroy Princeton?
No, it's not Samuel Alito '72, "Judge" Andrew Napolitano '72 and Concerned Alumni of Princeton--the evil robots, that is. It's Megatron & the Fallen (no, not Dick Cheney & crew, either). This week Michael Bay's latest explosion fest erupts onto screens. Fanboys & girls, everyone in the Nat Turner hut is anxious to see this. Not because I'm a Michael Bay fan. No, because marketing hype compells us. Ok, and because of parental peer pressure, curiosity, the need to be dazzled by toys of old...and I want to see the Fallen (voiced by "Candy Man" Tony Todd), and the Constructicons, Tyrese hamming it up ghettofab style, Megan Fox's boobs and butt, the female autobots who transform into motorcyles...whew. It's not high art. Michael Bay would be as lost if he had to do a film with a real plot, real emoting, subtlety, small sets, a script for human adults. But that's not what's all about. So my question is: When will I see my boy Grimlock and Dinobots?
So now Shia LeBoeuf's character is off to college. Guess which? Thanks Michelle Obama '85 & Sonia Sotomayor '76! Notice, then, how Harvard's never in flicks anymore, and Yale's only tapped when someone wants to pillory the Bush family or make some hackneyed reference to a Skull & Bones-based conspiracy theory? Here are some production shots (including one of Megan Fox...for a minute I thought the average Princeton coed was starting to resemble the average Arizona State bimbo...but no, Megan was just admiring the architecture of Holder Hall). I'm anxious to see what happens when the Fallen roll up on poor Shia as he freaks out in a lecture inside McCosh 101. Resembles an old Tiger Inn trees & trolls soiree, doubtless. Mayhem ensues. Word is, Michael Bay shot some scenes at UPenn, then decided to run to a real Ivy (sorry, I couldn't resist) for versimilitude. Neither university offically sanctioned the film, based on his usual creative license (see, e.g., Pearl Harbor).
I pray the Decepticons and the Fallen don't flatten the campus. Annual Giving solicitations are bothersome enough...