Transformers - it friggin rocks


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I admit it, I'm a big Transformers geek. I watched the show religiously when I was a kid, and the movie is one of my favorite films of all time. Needless to say I was both apprehensive and hopeful going into this modern incarnation.

Well... I loved it. And this is kind of in dialupinternetuser's face as I actually, honest to God, truly enjoyed it. In fact, it rocks. Really friggin hardcore. Best blockbuster movie of the summer BY FAR. Now there are definitely some parts of the movie stemming from Micheal Bay's bag of tricks that felt way too cheesy/boring. However, overall it was just an awesome movie. The thing I liked about it the most is how they stayed quite true to the cartoon/original movie.

It was serious, but not too serious. I thought they'd make them more like robots instead of Transformers. But no, they made them into full Transformers with their names and personalities and everything. The first time you hear one of them talk is when it really hits home that they're not just misunderstood monsters but real characters that you can deal with on a human level. The movie actually makes fun of being too serious with the name of Megatron.

I guess the reason why its so good is that it really brings the cartoons to life. The story starts off slow but around the half-way mark things get crazy, and keep on getting crazier and crazier until the end. There are still boring parts here and there, but the major action scenes are absolutely insane.

My favorite parts have to be the scenes that were heavily inspired by the animated movie. When Jazz attacks Devastator its exactly like when Cup attacks the tank guy (I forget his name). And Prime's fateful words "One shall stand. One shall fall." Just hearing them in the movie I honestly wanted to stand up and cheer.

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Errm, no.  Sorry, this movie did not rock.  There were good bits and bad bits to this movie.

Good
  • Used original voice actor for Optimus Prime.
  • Special effects
Bad
  • Script/story
  • Directing
Was it an enjoyable movie?  Provided you unplugged your brain and just rode the thrill ride of giant, robot fights, yes it was.  However if you let your brain try to follow that rotting corpse of a plot --even for one second-- then you'll be disappointed.
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Agreed 100%. And to be perfectly honest, I had to ACTIVELY turn my brain off. Something stupid would happen and I'd be like "but wait... what about... why are they..." and then would just tell myself "JUST ENJOY IT!" Going in with that mindset is why it rocked. If there weren't those really cheesy parts, bad dialog lines, incomprehensible plot, etc, it would be incredible. That's a source of frustration for me as well, because they stayed close to the animation roots it really had the potential to be something REALLY REALLY special, instead of just really cool.

But I mean come on, the rocket jumping, Starscream's air fight, Optimus' sword! All got me right in my fanboy heart, and I loved it.

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Did Optimus in the cartoon or the toys ever actually have a sword?  I can't remember one.  Also while the sword kind of worked visually in the movie, it would have been nice to see him pull out his big, black gun that I remember from playing with the toys.  :D

Something stupid would happen and I'd be like "but wait... what about... why are they..."
    You mean like when they headed into the city to hide from the Decepticons?  Seriously, was the moron who made that decision trying to get civilians killed?
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See, Omar had to convince himself to like the movie. He's really a movie critic disguised as a programmer with an odd love for video games.
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Interesting theory Dialup, you may be onto something...
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Admittedly, the idea of trying to hide in an area (city) in which there is the possibility of massive innocent casualties might be questionable if one were trying to do anything except HIDE from the enemy and regroup. I'm thinking Manzabar completely fails to undertand the point of camoulflage. If one were a sniper in the wilderness trying to hide/eliminate an enemy, he would be clothed in a cami's, a ghillie suit and alot of native vegetation. If one's camoulflage was, in fact the guise of a vehicle, it kind of makes sense to attempt to blend in with the gazillion other cars of a large city. To be fair, while Transformers was no Citizen Kane (does anyone actually LIKE that movie?) it was certainly better than the mindless escapism that I expected given Michael Bay's directorship.
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You guys are thinking about things way too much. Don't think: just appreciate. Instead of talking about "why" they did anything, let's just remember how awesome it was when Star Scream took out those jets. Or when Optimus knifes that guy in the head, or when Jazz takes an ode from the animated movie and jumps on the tank, or Megatron goading Optimus with "Why do you throw your life away?"

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