Aside from those aspects, the franchise has obviously matured since the first movie and the film is technologically impressive. There is no doubt that Michael Bay has an ego but given the cost and the complexity of the projects, he pulls off it is obvious why. The special effects are great and the sheer scale of them as a film is impressive. The details can be seen clearly in every scene and it never feels like the viewer is missing out on information during big fight scenes. This is due to Bay learning from the mistakes of the first film, that most of the fight scenes need to be zoomed out so that viewers can see every detail. The only critique that has for the fight scenes is that Megatron (Hugo Weaving – V for Vendetta, Lord of the Rings) was very much underused and is now more of a shell of his once menacing self from the first film; it feels like he has gone from being the villain to being the evil sidekick.
Pros: The acting is tighter, the effects and sound have improvised, and the plot has a lot more depth.
Cons: a bit more work on the script, drop some of the sappy rock ballads or at least save them until the end, and allow for more camera focus.