WARNING: OPINIONS AHEAD Rewatching ROTF, I realized something. In ROTF, there are large portions of the film that I can consider among the best Transformer's we've ever gotten. And now that you've got pitchforks aimed in my direction... ROTF is a deeply flawed film. I don't think anybody can really disagree with that. But what stuns me the most is the inconsistency of ROTF's flaws. Watch the NEST scene at the beginning, and compare it to Sams College Antics, and you can hardly believe these two scenes are part of the same film. Watching the final half hour, and judging just on that alone, I'd be tempted to call it the second best half-hour of Transformers ever, behind only Code of Hero. But just another half hour earlier, and the film was dragging, plodding and dull. What's going on here? The way I see it, there are 3 primary problems with ROTF. 2 of these I believe will not be as much an issue in TF3. Here we go. Problem 1: Bays sense of humor. Sorry folks, that ain't going nowhere. Just give up right now, and focus on the other two. 2: The Inconsistency of the Pacing. ROTF comes up at you in Waves of Awesome padded between Waves of Dullness. And I think I figured out why. The scenes that Michael Bay would have liked most - the NEST scene, the Forrest Fight, the Final Battle in the Desert - were well paced, thrilling, and had decent-to-good editing. The parts he didn't care about - the college scenes, the hunt for the Matrix - were slow and plodding. This could be a flaw in Bay's character but I think there's something else behind this (Not to say Bays character doesn't have flaws, but I digress). And that leads us to the third, most pressing problem. 3) The Film Was Rushed. ROTF was being worked on right to the latest possible deadline, and it shows. The reason the slower parts of the film weren't edited down, shortened and sharpened, and so forth, was mostly because They Ran Out Of Time. Due to the writers strike and Paramounts demands, the parts of the film Bay considered non-essential didn't go through nearly as much work as Bays favorite action sequences - and coincidently, the best put together parts of the film - did. Why? Bay wanted to get the parts he cared about the most right, while the parts he didn't were left at the wayside. I also believe this is the reason for several of the films bigger story flaws - character disappearance, for one. Because they were more focused on editing the action scenes, those other ones got pushed aside. Problems two and three - the rush job and the inconsistency - may or may not be a problem for TF3. But as there is no writers strike pushing back the filming date, it's very probable that the 3'd Transformers movie will likely be a more coherent film, and that the dragging pace and distractions will not be such a large problem. I want to again stress that there is a *lot* of good stuff in ROTF. It seems to be overshadowed by Twins and Balls and lord knows what else, but watch the NEST scenes. Watch the Forrest Fight. Watch the Decepticon Arrival. Watch the entire battle in the desert, from Devastator to the drawn battle lines. The battle in the desert is really a feat as far as TF goes. For the first time in a non-comic medium, it's actually portrayed as a war between Autobots (and their human allies) and the Decepticons - not a fist fight, not a gang skirmish, but an actual war where bots (and humans) on both sides are dropping left and right. Watching it again, the details and motions of the two sides are just awesome. I'd like to see more, much more, of that. Though the crass humor will likely still remain, I maintain hope that TF3 will be better because it won't be rushed. You can flame me now.