Now that that is out of the way I have to address the over the top racial stereotypes in the film. I know it is a Michael Bay film and I should not be thinking so hard but it was almost a theme in the movie. The writers seemed to have a problem giving many of the characters both robot and human, personality without turning them into racial/ethnic stereotypes. I have to give the witters credit they found a way to get in racial jabs on Italians, Germans, Chinese, Jewish and the Scottish people. Also, in their world the entire middle east is stuck in the year 1388 and none of the women weigh more than 115 pounds. The flat out worst was the depiction of the Autobot twins Skids and Mudflap or as I referred to them after I left the movie Step And Fetch It. It was like Tyler Perry took of his dress and dressed up as two robots. If the broken English and all of the verb splitting were not enough, one of the robots has a gold tooth and neither of them can read. I hated both of these characters so much I got excited when I thought they were going to get killed. These two clowns get more screen time combined than series favorites Sideswipe and Arcee and Soundwave. What is really sad is that these two characters will put a bad light what is a top notch summer popcorn flick, and instead of talking about Optimus Prime vs Megatron, it is going to be Mudflap & Skids vs. The NAACP.
What is really puzzling about the writers getting this so wrong is that the source material for this film is a cartoon from the early 80's when America still had more insensitivity about it's racial baggage. Sure in the original show Jazz & Blaster were clearly both black, Percepter was English, Wheeljack was Jewish and Sunstreaker was a homosexual (OK the last couple may be a stretch but bare with me). That said if you look back at the old show none of it comes close to being offensive.
As a fan of the original cartoon & comics I enjoyed the movie and would love to give it an A-, but as a thinking person who understands how irresponsible some of this imagery is I have to knock it down to a C+. The next time I see this movie it will be on DVD when I can use my remote control to leave these two mistakes on the ctting room floor. Jar Jar Binks you may go home now Skids and Mudflap are here to relieve you of your duty.