Half asleep at three o'clock in the morning, I am watching internet things and trying to catch some Z's.
*SPOILERS FOR TRANSFORMERS; DARK OF THE MOON*
Dear Internet Reviewers;
Carly and Mikaela are not, at all the same character.
Is this a petty gripe? Probably. But I'm half asleep and I'm not gonna get to pass out until I have suitably ranted on this topic.
Rosie Huntington-Whitely is not Megan Fox, have all the issues you may like with Megan Fox, her acting may not be the greatest, she may not be the sharpest tool in the shed, whatever.
Mikaela was awesome. Throughout the first and second movie Sam was more the damsel in distress than she was. Frenzy attacked? Sam ran around screaming and flailing, Mikaela went and got a saw to cut his head off. She drove Bumblebee back into a battle zone rather than running away. One of her major character traits is that she is loyal, to the point where she allows it to be detrimental to herself (in that admittedly clumsy scene where she explains her record). Robot poses as a girl and rampages through the school? Hit it with a car until it's dead.
Yes, the movie tried to make her eye candy. But I always felt she was the character I could best relate to? I mean, I wasn't about to related to Richboy Douchebag is mad 'cause his dad won't by him a fancy expensive car. Mikaela lived in a smaller house, and was at least capable of admitting liking hot guys was a little bit shallow. (Where as Sam liking her isn't at all shallow, despite the fact he knows nothing about her despite that she's really hot. But that's not a bad thing because.... it's totally okay for guys to do that? I don't know...) She had an interest in a male-dominated field and felt a little insecure about it, but is still shown having followed that interest, albeit in a 'look how sexy she is posing with a bike!' kinda way, but still. She went with working as a mechanic after she got out of high school. Which is awesome. (because that's what she wanted to do with her life, I'm not saying she shouldn't have gone to college, I'm saying it's great that she stuck with her interests? I don't know this is probably coming out wrong....)
She's a character. And a good one.
Carly is the chick. I'm constantly baffled by the people saying they just swapped the names and it was totally the same character. Carly's just as well off as Sam's family was, it seems, with her big, fancy loft and ability to support two people casually. She becomes 'harpy girlfriend doesn't get it' when the action starts kicking up, expecting Sam to not help the fight because it's dangerous. They try to hastily backstory it being about a brother who I guess was a soldier who I assume died... It was very vague, and she really made it All About Her, and they didn't try very hard to make it anything but... well, 'Harpy Girlfriend Doesn't Get It.'
When action actually starts she's taken hostage and led around by the arm by some guy. Even in situations where the Decepticons aren't around she waits around like the dutiful hostage waiting to be saved. (even when kidnapped, she just screams 'Sam! Save me!' and makes no attempt to save herself.)
Then as things are blowing up around her she spends the entire time screaming for help and flailing around expecting everyone else to save her.
Lennox tells Mikaela to run and get out of the battle area.
Her basic response is: I'm not leaving until I can get Bumblebee to safety, too.
Sam tells Carly that it's dangerous and she should run the other way, because they're after him.
Her basic response is: I'm scared! I don't want to run alone! Help me!
Maybe they intended to write Mikaela like this in the third movie... Fine, I could believe that, they're kinda assholes. But, do not act like they're the same character. No, Mikaela wasn't perfect, but for a douchebag action movie? She was a damn good female lead. Carly wasn't. There's a difference.
*end rant about a movie series that's supposed to be about Robots* AND THAT'S NOT EVEN THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG OF SEXISM IN THIS MOVIE.