Transformers… More than Meets the Eye

I went to see Transformers with little-to-no expectations, other than to be entertained by fantastic CGI and watching things get blown up. I was extremely surprised to get so caught up in the 2 and a half hour, non-stop action, and fun-fest this really was.

The basic premise is that this robotic race, in the search for power, destroys their own world. During the power struggle, they lose an incredible source of powering the shape of a cube, which finds its way to earth. The Autobots, those who choose to protect humans, race to find the cube before the Decepticons get their hands on it and destroy earth.

The CGI was absolutely amazing. My favorite parts of the movie were watching the transformation from robot to car (or plane, etc) and then back again. The action was intense, definitely earning its PG-13 rating. The bad guys (Decepticons) seemed unbeatable and the good guys fought to the death.

The personalities of the Autobots were a lot of fun as well. Bumblebee was at the forefront, with plenty of humor when interacting with his human friends. Hearing Optimus Prime speak for the first time made me smile with geeky gladness. And I accepted the cheesiness in turn, which just brought me back to my days of youth.

The human characters were all wonderfully acted. Shia LaBeouf is definitely headed towards super-stardom with this and his role as Indiana Jones’ son in the next sequel. He has a wonderful mix of geekiness and bravery that makes him extremely lovable in his role as Sam Witwicky. His love interest and every fanboy’s dream, Megan Fox, was there as window dressing, but only made Shia’s role shine that much more. John Turturro (Ambrose from Monk) had a wonderful role as the head of a secret government sect. You just love to hate his eccentricity.

All in all, a wonderful 4th of July flick – plenty of action and everything centers on America. Even down to all the Autobots transforming into American made cars only. Yes, this is my only complaint. That the Decepticons transformed into cooler transportation.

13 thoughts on “Transformers… More than Meets the Eye”

  1. I saw it on the 4th with my sf fan group and we were all blown away. I found myself thinking “more please” as the end credits began to roll. The only thing I would’ve like to have seen more of was development of the Decepticon characters.

  2. I read a reveiw on this on a comic book site and he,too, loved it. And I’m sure Indiana Jones had a whole passel of brats all over the world!!!! ha hah

  3. John – While I agree, they probably would have had to extend the movie to 3 hours to fit that in! Hopefully, in a sequel they’ll be able to flesh the Decepticons out.

    Olga – Since birth control wasn’t as readily available back then, I’m sure you’re right! lol
    Just like Bond, a new girl for every adventure..

  4. I had just heard yesterday about the guy who did Optimus Prime being the original and I thought that was a really nice touch.

    This was a surprisingly fun film, very enjoyable. I’m more excited about Indy IV now after seeing LeBeouf in this one.

    And Turturro was great, wasn’t he? I just love him playing wacky characters.

  5. I’ve heard really good things about this one. I used to love watching the cartoons when I was little. Maybe I’ll talk my husband into taking me to this one.

    thanks for the review!

  6. I so remember the cartoon version and crying when OP died. Does OP have the same voice as in the cartoon. I want to see it so much. I heard the effects were amazing, and they previewed it at Shrek 3 at the Drive In, so on large screen in that short preview gave me chills.

  7. Joel and I have been debating back and forth about this movie. He wants to see it and I didn’t think it would be good at all. Upon your recommendation, we will go see it-together! Joel loved the cartoon as a kid-I was more of a Thundercats girl myself. All this to say thanks for the post-we will take note of you recommendation.

  8. Amy – Yes.. same voice!

    Kim – I do think you’d enjoy it.. let me know!

    SQT – We’re both geeks.. that’s why we have websites dedicated to our love of scifi and fantasy! lol

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