Sideshow Dusty Reviews Transformers MovieWednesday, June 20, 2007
Our very own SideshowDusty was offered a chance to catch a sneak peek of the upcoming Transformers film in Hollywood on June 15th. Of course she jumped at the opportunity, and here’s what she has to say about her experience:
CAUTION – THERE BE SPOILERS BELOW!
Is the new Transformers film more than meets the eye? Well, not exactly – it’s a pretty straightforward, balls-out, big explosion, cheesy dialogue, effects-laden summer blockbuster. But what does meet the eye is much more than satisfactory, and blockbuster it most definitely will be. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that it comes as close to reaching a level of perfection that films of this genre can ever hope to achieve. Simply put, Transformers is what all summer movies aspire to be. My rating? 4.5/5 stars, and if it weren’t for some very minor nitpicks, I’d easily give it 5/5.
Long story short: The film is chock full of incredible eye candy. The girls are beautiful (very, VERY beautiful) and smart, and the boys are handsome (Josh Duhamel… *sigh*) and heroic. The machines are slick, and their transformations are virtually seamless. The Autobots VS Decepticons scenes will make you stand up and cheer (if they don’t, you may want to check your pulse for signs of life), and Optimus Prime’s “Autobots… ROLL OUT!” will have goosebumps popping out on your arms. Then, when Megatron comes out of deep freeze, you might just pass out from The Awesome.
But it isn’t simply eye candy that makes this movie great. You will laugh, you will cheer, and you may even shed a tear (there’s a scene featuring Bumblebee that particularly strikes a chord – you will really CARE about these ‘bots). When Optimus Prime starts philosophizing, you’ll nod in agreement and think, “No wonder they are so advanced – these alien robots speak the truth, and so eloquently too!” And finally, the performances are excellent, most notably newcomer Shia LaBeouf as Sam Witwicky, who really carries the film after a slightly rough start.
Nit-picks: I wasn’t a big fan of the music. The plot is over-simplified, and of course it’s easy to figure out what’s going to happen. The gazillion characters are introduced REALLY fast, and the pace is a bit frenetic – it had me seriously wondering if the screenwriters were on speed while constructing the story. Everyone yells a lot, even when they don’t need to. It’s a giant advertisement for muscle cars and trucks… and tanks and jets. (Yay, gas guzzling machines! While you’re busy saving the world for humanity, you might try switching to hybrid engines. Or even hydrogen… aren’t you supposed to be all technologically advanced and stuff?) But all of these are easily forgivable, and overall it’s a super fun ride, well worth the price of admission AND popcorn… and maybe even a cherry Icee.
Warning: Be careful when taking the kids to see it. There are some pretty intense sequences, most notably one featuring a super scary, scorpion-style Decepticon living in the sand in the Middle East. Plus, it’s VERY loud. I think my eardrums are still vibrating. (But I gotta admit that it’s pretty darn cool when the sound of Transformers transforming physically rumbles the chair I’m sitting in.)
Even longer story short: I can’t friggin’ WAIT to see this movie in the theater again… and again… and again! Don’t wait for rental – this film was made to experience in a packed theater with hundreds of your closest friends cheering right along with you. And cheer you most certainly will. I can’t remember the last time I left a theater hoping to see a sequel very soon.
My prediction: It will go down in history as one of the best, if not THE best, summer blockbuster of all time. When a movie so perfectly combines the greatest effects, the most incredible sound, and the coolest giant alien robot fights ever captured on film (all while resurrecting the geeky, Transformers-loving kid in all of us), who can argue with that?
Roll out… to see Transformers on July 3rd!
(Yes, I HAD to be cheesy – it’s in my contract.)
Disclaimer: I have never been a huge fan of the Transformers, although I played with my fair share and watched a few of the cartoon episodes as a kid. Plus, I knew practically nothing about the film before entering the theater. I would suggest stowing away all previous knowledge of the world of Transformers, starting with a clean slate for this go-round, because obviously, if you’re an old-school Transformers superfan, there will be a lot for you to nitpick (yes, they pimped out the paint job on Prime – deal with it). Of course, some people seem to really enjoy tearing apart films that others love, so that is, as always, a personal choice best left up to each individual viewer. Just don’t hate me for absolutely loving what they did to ‘your’ beloved Transformers!
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