05 July 2007
As most of you know, I was very skeptical about the new Transformers movie. When I first heard that Spielberg wanted to produce it, I was excited. I figured the hardest thing would be the actual transforming, but with a good story the CGI could afford to be a bit weak. Then I heard that Michael Bay was involved. I cried. I knew there would be no real story and that he would probably change so many things about my beloved Transformers that I would probably hate the movie.
After finally getting a chance to see the film, I have to say I was quite entertained. The effects were absolutely amazing. The transformations were incredibly cool and almost believable (obviously I do not need believability when dealing with alien robots, but it was nice to see that the transformations were not ridiculous or made no sense, like some of the cartoon versions.) I was a bit disappointed in the appearance of Megatron though. I really wish he would have been a bit closer to his original cartoon version, much like how they did with Optimus Prime. I was also very happy they used the original voice actor for Prime, and I guess Hugo Weaving worked okay as Megatron...If you cannot tell, I am a Decepticon by heart, and Megatron was my favorite. On the Autobot side, just in case you were wondering, Grimlock was definitely pretty sweet, and of course anytime I hear Prime say "Autobots, transform and roll out" I get chills...
Anyways, back to the focus here. The story made sense, had a few oddities, but nothing I can really complain about. It is not going to win any awards, but it'll do fine. Although, can I just say that movies need to stop using the phrase "my bad." FF: Rise of the Silver Surfer and this one both had a scene where a main character says it. I am sorry, but hearing Optimus Prime say "my bad" made me want to kick someone in the head.
I definitely think that Megan Fox needs to be in more movies. She is pretty damn hot.
I enjoyed the early scenes of Bumblebee and Sam, before Sam knows his car is actually a robot. The little music changes and helping him pick up Mikaela was quite funny. I think my favorite part of the movie though had to be when Prime and Megatron fight and Prime uses the line from the cartoon movie: "At the end of this day, one shall stand, one shall fall."
If you enjoyed the cartoon as a kid, or if you love big action movies, or just want to see robots beat the shit out of each other, then you should definitely check this one out.