Art, whether high or low, cannot escape being a product of its time. A piece of art can be considered timeless or even behind or ahead of the times, sure, but you can’t separate the artist, the time in which he lived, the environment and the social, political and economic landscape from the art. But art, whether high or low, works on a purely aesthetic level, too. You can be moved or horrified by the work of Francisco Goya and have no knowledge of the Peninsular War. So why on earth am I mentioning this before discussing Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen? Because I’m curious. Is this a racist, sexist, pro-Iraq war, anti-Obama treatise, or just a movie about robots, as director Michael Bay innocently claims.
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