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Transformers Review - Unbeliever's Land
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Transformers Review
Since iwannabeaudra requested it...

I'm tempted to quote Futurama: "Too much romance, not enough human killing". :)

Seriously though, we both loved it. Angela wants to go see it AGAIN in the theater -- which should say a lot right there. She's usually pickier about movies than I am.

Some good bits:
  • They're using Optimus Prime's real voice from the cartoon -- Peter Cullen.

  • Great "oh crap" introduction to the Decepticons as the first scene of the movie.

  • The Giant Robot effects are pretty amazing, when they're not flashing by too fast to see...

  • No screaming women. Both of the main female characters are quite intelligent, and make significant contributions to the overall story.

  • Nice big battle at the climax of the movie. :)

Bits I was less fond of:
  • Not Enough Robots! Maybe in the sequel... (and oh yes, they set up a sequel...)

  • Too much time spent on the humans. Yes, I know, giant CGI robots are expensive, but that IS what we came for...

  • Not nearly enough robot DIALOGUE. (Did you notice? NONE of the commercials show any robots TALKING?)

Yes, they DO talk, but the only significant robot dialogue we get in the first half of the movie comes from Frenzy -- and I guess there was some English inside all his chirping, but I only UNDERSTOOD it once or twice.

Somehow, my brain has frozen and I utterly cannot come up with the word for when a character in a story suddenly feels the need to go into lengthy monologue to explain everything you've seen so far. It's generally considered a Bad Thing -- but when Optimus does it, it's the first time we really hear any of them talking, and it's SERIOUSLY cool. :)

(Although that happened to be the EXACT moment the theater's digital projector decided to start "hiccupping" for 5 minutes -- grrrrrrr...)

So yeah, my PERFECT Transformers movie would have had more actual Transformers, and focussed primarily on THEM -- making THEM the main characters. But telling it from the human perspective made it more "real" -- it gave us some poignant human moments, and allowed the build-up to occur more gradually than it could have otherwise.

So if you're up for an action movie, and especially if you loved the old 80's cartoon, go for it!

Just don't make the mistake of bringing the kids, like the lady up front did...

Current Emotional State: happy happy

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iwannabeaudra From: iwannabeaudra Date: July 3rd, 2007 07:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, that's not what I expected! I figured it'd be like the cartoon, where it was about the robots and humans just stood around looking short.

Uh...exposition? Bad script writing?
unbeliever64 From: unbeliever64 Date: July 6th, 2007 06:38 pm (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, that's what I was hoping for. More like the cartoon, where humans are the bugs that the Autobots try to protect and the Decepticons try to squish. :)

But no, this is very human-oriented. It's a regular day in the modern world, only now there's these crazy robots. Send in the military!!!

Another complaint is the transforming itself. They wanted the robot modes to look all modern and funky, as opposed to "bits of a car rearranged and walking upright" -- so the transformation process is INSANELY complicated, with millions of bits twisting and turning and the camera flying around so you never get a straightforward picture of what the process looks like. And only rarely are there any bits left over in robot mode that give you a hint of what the robot turns into...

Still, a fun movie, and great to see the Transformers in live-action, however different they are from their cartoon selves...
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