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Transformers 2 VS The Proposal
Written by Sandra Fitzpatrick   
Wednesday, 01 July 2009 19:05
proposalvstransformersThis week I was lucky enough to check out not one, but two of the newest films in theatre! One of the biggest blockbusters of the summer, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen had me wishing for my own revenge on director Michael Bay. While The Proposal left me pleasantly surprised despite being predictable!

transformers2posterSay what you will about how awesome the Transformers are – the movies just don’t live up to the toys. I fell asleep during the last one and this one had my eyes drooping just as heavily. I guess on a positive note, my snooze didn’t cause me to miss anything. It’s long, drawn out and so big and loud it brings on a headache within the first 90-seconds.

Don’t even get me started on the incredibly blatant racial stereotyping; or the objectification of all three women in the film – including Shia Labeouf’s mother. Megan Fox returns as Mikaela, the tough as nails mechanic whose perfect pout never lacks lip-gloss. She’s the only girl I know who can wear white pants in dessert combat and not get dirty. Shia Labeouf’s character Sam goes off to college and worries that his gal is going to dump him because she’s so much hotter than him. transformers2picThere’s a whole side story about him not being able to say “I love you” to her. He can save the world from giant transmogrifying robots, but can’t save his relationship with three little words?

The whole thing is just a mess with the exception of the special effects which are exceptional. The Transformers themselves look amazing and we see a lot more of them than we did in the first film. Unfortunately there’s not enough of Optimus Prime, Bumblebee and the cool Transformers. Instead we are subjected to ridiculous “comic-relief” robots that bring to mind a certain much hated Star Wars character. Me-sah thinking you no likey-likey these robots much.

proposalposterIt’s odd to compare Transformers with a Sandra Bullock comedy, but I’m going to do it anyway. Both films are predictable and formulaic, but where one is surprisingly bad the other is surprisingly good! I walked into The Proposal expecting nothing more than a schlocky little romance that would be forgettable at best. I got the schlock and the romance, but I also laughed from beginning to end and came away with a smile on my face.

Sandra Bullock stars as Margaret, a ball-breaking editor. Andrew (Ryan Reynolds) is her yes-man assistant. He can’t stand the way she treats him but takes the abuse in order to climb the corporate ladder. When she is threatened with deportation back home to Canada she blackmails him into marriage to save her career. I thought us Canadians were all sweet-as-pie doormats… At least this movie doesn’t cater to stereotypes!

proposalpicOf course, there is the small matter of meeting his family in Alaska where Margaret is completely out of her element. She’s surprised that there is a lot more to Andrew than she gave him credit for; and he realizes that she loses that “nails on a chalkboard” effect once the hustle of the city wears off. I already said it was predictable, so you know where it’s headed next.

Throw in some fantastic supporting actors like Mary Steenburgen, Craig T. Nelson and a still spry Betty White and you’ve got one great little comedy. I would highly recommend it for a relaxing night at the movies.