My fantastic brother Daniel got tickets to see Transformers tonight. I’ve been looking forward to this movie for a while, and was happy to go with my oldest son Avery as well. To be honest, I’ve been trying to keep my hopes at a modestly excited level. My wife keeps reminding me when I’m too pumped about a movie, I end up hating it. (Check out these examples) This movie does not fit into this category. In a word: it’s incredible!
There is no doubt the movie has the most amazingly unbelievable special effects I’ve ever seen. I’m trying to think of another movie that you could even put in the same category. Spider-Man has some great effects – like when they’re fighting as they fall off a building – but they look like cheap cartoon animation compared to this stuff. The transformations of the robots is flawless, the fighting and aerial stunts are incredible. I think Starscream’s backflip to take-off manoeuver is probably the best single effect I’ve ever witnessed on screen. One of the guys I saw the film with said: “There is nothing they can’t do in a movie now.” This is true, if someone has imagined it, it can be captured on film – pretty cool stuff.
The story itself is pretty predictable I suppose. The Transformers are cybernetic organisms from the planet Cybertron. They are looking for the Allspark, a creative type cube that is the answer for both the evil Decepticons and the benevolent Autobots. The Autobots are a small group in the film: fan favourite Bumble Bee (a Camaro not a Volkswagon if you hadn’t heard by now), Ratchet the medic of the group, Jazz a loudmouth, Ironhide the weapons expert and Optimus Prime, the semi leader of the group. (He’s the full-time leader, just disguised as a semi) I thought going in it all hinged on Prime. If they got him right, the movie worked. (Sort of like if Aslan was done right in the Chronicles of Narnia) Well they got him right. From the voice, to the corny encouraging speeches, to the colour to the incredible transformations – I thought he was perfect.
The human side of the story was pretty basic. Shia Labouef plays Sam Witwicky, the descendent of a polar explorer who actually inadvertently found Megatron at the North Pole. The whole story hinges on him. He does a fine job.
I think to be fair, I need to find something to criticize in this film. The only part I honestly didn’t like was the ghetto blaster Decepticon who was like a little Short Circuit robot without the ritalin. He was too frantic and weird.
In terms of pure entertainment, laughs, and amazing summer spectacle, this is about as perfect a flick as you can get. I’m sure I’ll see it again.