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||Shia LaBeouf, Megan Fox, Tyrese
Gibson, Jon Voight, Peter Cullen
Dreamworks SKG /
||It's a solid
PG-13. Be careful about bringing the little ones.
||If she likes
robots in disguise.
||Robots die, and so
do some people.
start to finish.
||You might not
think so, but lots of them.
||Any scene with
||Too many to list.
||Ian Bryce, Tom DeSanto, Lorenzo di Bonaventura,
Thanks to college "The Transformers" are near and dear to
my heart. Yes, thatís right, thanks to college. I was in
college when "The Transformers" were on TV, and after a
brutal day of classes it became a great way to chill, at the
end of an afternoon, and especially as a weekend kick-off,
watching with some friends. Then, about three years ago, I
read a press release how some high-powered film people got
the rights to make a live action movie of "The Transformers"
and felt that computer technology had finally caught up to
properly do the CGI that would be necessary to make the
Autobots and Decepticons come to life. And they were right.
Hereís how this movie version plays outÖ
A Movie Review
It seems a long, long, long time ago, Megatron, leader of
the Decepticons, crashed here on Earth in search of the
Allspark, a super-fantastic energy source that would help
him rule the Universe. Too bad for Megatron he crashed in
the Arctic Circle and was frozen. On an expedition in the
late 1800ís, Granddad Witwicky discovered Megatron, sort of
reactivated him, and now Decepticons are coming to Earth to
find their missing leader. How do they plan on finding
Megatron? By infiltrating the Defense Departmentís
computers, of course (Duh?), which tell where Megatron is
now being kept safely, on ice. But itís also the year 2007,
and Sam Witwicky (Shia LeBeouf) is in high school, trying to
raise some cash on eBay to buy a car, and impress the
hottest girl ever, Mikaela (Megan Fox). Lucky for him the
Autobot named Bumblebee, who when heís not a robot is a
Camaro, inserts himself into Samís life, helping him both
get the girl and protecting the secret Sam holds to the
location of the Allspark.
Oh, hell, why am I wasting time on the entire plot and
story? The Decepticons have come to Earth to resurrect
Megatron and destroy us, while the Autobots are here to keep
the bad robots at bay, thus ensuring our survival. All of
the Transformers do what they do best, namely transform from
a robot to things like cars, planes, cell phones, and boom
boxes, and then transform back again, and then fight each
other. We humans are pretty much useless in fighting them,
but try to help however we can. Enough plot, was the movie
Hell yes, almost.
Letís start with the great. Pretty much I was enjoying
all of "Transformers." For me I didnít need a lot of
back-story about the Autobots and the Decepticons, but the
movie gave probably just enough of why they ended up here,
and what they do. A lot of the first half of the movie had
to do simply with two things. First, there were a couple of
Decepticons working to infiltrate the Defense Department
computers and taking out a military outpost, with the
military trying to find out what the hell is going on.
Second, Sam gets the cash for a car, Bumblebee inserts
himself into Samís life (with some of the best radio ever),
and Sam, somehow, is able to insert himself into Mikaelaís
life. But the thing is that the first half was full of
funny, still had some action, introduced us to the fantastic
CGI work of the Transformer characters, and really worked to
set-up the second half of the film. The second half of the
film turned everything up a ton of notches, still kept with
the comedy (the Autobots outside of Samís house were
hilarious), all leading up to the giant, climactic
Transformer fight where Megatron has gotten free, itís the
battle we are looking for, but sadly letís get to the not as
For me it was the final battle scene.
For almost all of "Transformers" somehow Michael Bay was
able to keep the movie not being a Michael Bay film, even
poking fun with a mention about Armageddon. Then the final
battle came and Michael Bay was reborn: Lots of pacing
music, that "Bum, (pause), bum, bum, bum, bum, bum" we know
from a lot of his films; The "Letís show this in
slow-motion" action sequences; And then the "now itís
serious, now itís war, and how are we going to actually beat
the bad robots" part of the film.
I mostly really liked "Transformers." Even with the
bizarre seriousness of the film the film folks kept it funny
at times, just a little serious, and I loved everyone in
their role (and it was great and a flashback moment to hear
Peter Cullen back voicing Optimus Prime). I think the final
battle scene would have been better in real time, without
the slow-motion, but visual-wise it was still fantastic. The
last thing that really made my movie going experience grand
was that a bunch of us who used to watch "The Transformers"
in college all went to see it, but behind us was another group of
folks who were singing the same songs we knew, namely the
lyrics "Youíve got the touch. Youíve got the power. Yea!!!"
Who says that the animated "The Transformers"
feature film from 1986
With the funny the movie had, the action the movie had,
and the just so coolness the movie had, I really want to
give "Transformers" a solid 4 Ĺ or 5 stars, but Iíve got to
knock off a little rating because of the ending fight scene
that didnít need to have any slow-motion, didnít need to
have the usual Michael Bay soundtrack, and just needed to
get on with it and let the robot fighting happen. The only
other thing that was missing, and I wish I had actually come
up with this quote but I must attribute it to one DirkBelig,
was "the lack of Megan Fox being doused in water then thrown
in a cold room." In the end itís 4 out of 5 stars for
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!!