June 29, 2007 : 12:34 AM
I got to see Transformers tonight on its opening night. Which is weird as Australia gets to see the film almost a week before the USA. I guess we get some payback for Grindhouse (which I got to see in the US anyway so I'm not that worried) The cinema was packed with geeks with one wearing an Optimus Prime mask.
The film is enjoyable even with the extra think M.Bay treatment over the top. There are some gunienly funny scenes and some great action moments. Although it was alot of shooting from the transformers rather than them going at it with fists. When they does happen it's over pretty fast. (I don't remember any Deceptacon getting it's head ripped off in the cartoon)
Then you have the camera spinning around the actors, the holding hands scenes, the old people being stupid but the young sexy stars know what to do bits. By the end of the 2.5 hrs you're a little underwhelmed by the film. It all ends happy, no one dies and the earth is saved for another sequal.
It's worth seeing if you're a fan (they play to the fans quite a bit) and I look forward to the DVD with all the extras.
Geek Rant: While I wasn't the biggest Transformers fan I still enjoyed the cartoon series and read a few comics/books. What I loved about them was their design. This 2007 movie makes all the Transformers look the same. They really lost all their personality. They look cool, the testures and small details but from a distance really look boring. Megatron looked no different than Skyscream and they both looked like a bunch or bent spoons.
I'm not sure of they wanted them to be more mechanically correct or just look more tech but they have all lost their personality. And good luck to any Mum who wants to bake a Optimus Prime cake. The new ones are too detailed to even start.
Posted at June 29, 2007 : 12:34 AM
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