To be honest, I was never really into Transformers toys when I was a kid, I didn’t watch the TV show or read the comics either, they just weren’t my thing. So I wasn’t exactly one of the thousands who were counting down the days until the film about these unique creature-machines hit the screens. What I was interested in though, was going along to view one of the biggest film events of the year. I walked into the cinema knowing and caring very little about Transformers, but walked out a converted man.
As far as film spectacles go, they don’t get much better than Transformers. Don’t bother wearing your socks, because this film will knock them right off. The CGI alone is reason enough to go along and watch; the graphics are so freakishly realistic that you really start to marvel at how amazing mans relationship with computer is. These computer-generated machines do not at all look out of place sharing the big screen with the more warm-blooded creatures we are used to.
The film is based around the Allspark (the object that brings mechanical objects to life) and the Autobot’s quest to keep this powerful cube from the hands of the Decepticons. Although, of course, the Transformers are the subjects of the film, emphasis is placed on humans to provide more depth to the narrative. Teenager Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) plays an integral part as the ‘human lead’, shall we say. His unknowing acquisition of a transforming car propels him into the conflict, while Defense Secretary John Keller (Jon Voight) leads the military’s journey of discovery. Numerous other characters are thrown into the mix, from hard-ass army officers (Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson) to equally hard-ass, but extremely feminine, females (Megan Fox, Rachael Taylor).
What you will experience during Transformers is a 144-minute explosion of mind-blowing filmmaking. I will struggle to provide adequate superlatives to describe how good the experience is. You’re definitely in for a ride with this film, whether you like it or not. The film exceeded all my expectations in terms of a realistic correlation between the human actors and the machines, you never feel as though there is gap between the two. An amazing job has been done also, in weaving the computer-generated machines into the environments, they look completely at home. But all this would mean nothing, if the actual act of transforming wasn’t presented as a masterfully choreographed display of power, speed, and agility, because that’s what we’re all going there to see right? Fortunately, the robot’s transformations from various vehicles and aircraft to giant metal beasts have been captured with staggering creativity and grandeur- you will not be disappointed. I sat there like a 3 year-old boy, gazing at the screen, mesmerized by the moving robotic shapes.
Stealing the spotlight from the likes of Optimus Prime and Megatron would be an impossible task for any actor placed on the same strip of film as these two figures, but LaBeouf’s intense performance is definitely worth a mention- he really stepped up among heavyweights of both the human and machine kind. Also, the gorgeous up-and-comer Megan Fox is worth the admission price alone, playing the girl Sam is attempting to score throughout the film. Simply eye-candy for the guys you might be saying? Possibly, but her tough, feisty character lends more to the film than just her looks.
Director Michael Bay has succeeded in bringing these beloved machines to the big screen in a way that everyone can understand and enjoy. You have to admit, this film is funny. Transformers features enough snappy one-liners to fuel a sit-com for weeks. I’m not a long-time fan, but I’m sure I loved this film as much as the guy with the entire collection of toys, comics, and VHS’s.
In the past, I guess, those people still interested in Transformers well into their teens may have been seen as a little geeky? Well now its official, Transformers are cool again.
The Upside: Transformers transforming. Enough said.
The Downside: A little cheesy at times, but I guess that is all part of the Hollywood blockbuster experience.
On the Side: Sam’s eBay name ‘LadiesMan217’ refers to Michael Bay’s birthday: February 17th.