Saw it at the Arclight Hollywood with Jim Sorenson, Marty Isenberg, and Bill Forster on the 23rd. Bonus on that was seeing Optimus, Ironhide, and Bumblebee in the car forms again - additional bonus was the Corvette Centennial Concept that is Sideswipe. :D Shiny and gorgeous piece of metal, though I'd be loathe to even drive him. Inside the lobby were two display cases: two mannequins displaying the combat uniform worn by NEST members with the patches "If I told you, I will have to kill you" (will have to check). XD Another pair of mannequins were that of Leo Spitz's "The Real Effing Deal" green jacket and Mikaela's black jacket over white shirt she wears at one point. Saw ROTF again at Universal Citywalk's IMAX theater (and multiple times in the future).( Gonna need eyedrops! Don't wanna miss anything! )
Was I expecting something like The Godfather
or Seven Samurai
? No. Was I expecting something like Batman: The Dark Knight
or The Green Mile
? No! Was I expecting to be entertained by explosions galore, giant alien robots beating other giant alien robots, humans interacting and adding in their own way, Optimus being a serious badaft while kicking major Decepticon butt, plot and inconsistencies be damned?
YES.Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen
will certainly have its low points, but if you're a fan that wants a form of escapism, spend all that time in the theaters. Preferably IMAX. ;D
In short, reviews from critics like Ebert and others... Well, I'll leave it to the audience to really decide.