All my childhood TV-watching has culminated in the Transformers movie which I had the pleasure of watching last night. People seeking lots of action and perhaps a twinge of nostalgia must see this movie. I never followed the original Transformers show terribly closely, so I can’t say for certain how accurate the movie is within that framework, but it was thrilling nonetheless.
Warning: Some spoilers from here on.
What do you get when you mix big robots, amazing CG, hot chicks (albeit a bit done up, if you know what I mean) and lots of explosions? Pure awesome-ness. I couldn’t believe my eyes when the Autobots and Decepticons battled it out in the less-than-cartoon environment. It is possibly one of the best movies I’ve seen.
And I can’t say it’s because of the amazing story of fabulous acting (there’s relatively minimal character development as most of the movie focuses on some serious ass-kicking). It wasn’t completely devoid of plotline, but you could easily tell the emphasis was on the action and the mere fact that the Transformers were. And I’m not complaining.
In the original cartoon, the Autobots were, well, automobiles and the Decepticons were typically more weapon-based machines. So the Decepticons already had a more bad-ass nature about them, even in the animated series. However, in the movie, the Decepticons’ coolness factor increased exponentially – Starscream ended up being a super F-22, Brawl a modified A1 Abrams tank and Blackout a Pave Low helicopter. Meanwhile the Autobots were… GM vehicles for the most part.
There were a few iffy things throughout, things that made you go, ‘huh, why’d didn’t/did they do that?’ For example, how did the kid manage to climb the building much faster than Megatron did? Why would they bring the All Spark to the city? How did the Transformers survive the heat of entry into the atmosphere, but crumble under a couple well-placed shots from the soldiers? There was also a hell of a lot of extremely close-up action. It added to the hectic mayhem that was occurring but also made it a little difficult to see which Transformer was which. You sort of saw the beginning of a battle and then the end with a victor and a loser.
Despite a few niggles, the movie was just fantastic. You know it’s a good movie when it makes you want to go back and watch the old Transformers shows. In fact, I have them and I think I will be doing just that. 😀 I’ve already heard people talk about the possibility of a sequel, and eventually a trilogy (they’re all the rage these days). I await with impatience for the next installment.
Oh and there were quite a few not-so-subtle digs at the current administration. Especially stay for the credits and you’ll see what I mean.