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Transformers the Review

Posted in play by Greg on the July 5th, 2007

70 out of 78 stars.

Overall, I really enjoyed this movie. My high expectations offset my transformers fandom, so think that is a fairly accurate assessment. I do have a few complaints, but I would definitely recommend the film. I liked it enough that I intend to see it in the theater at least one more time. Repeat theater viewings is something I usually reserve for Star Wars. Great action, not too much cheese, plenty of humor.

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Best Part of the Movie: Mikaela and Sam are riding in the Bumblebee as a 1976 Camaro when Mikaela asks why, if Bumblebee can transform into whatever he wants, he chooses to be such a “piece of junk.” Bumblebee gets offended and ejects her (and Sam) from the car. He then transforms into a 2008 Camaro.

Worst Part of the Movie: Megatron beats the crap out of Optimus Prime. Come on Prime….

Most Astute Social Commentary Moment: Barricade, an evil Decepticon, transforms into a police car that says “to punish and enslave” on its side.

Most Confusing Part of Movie: Everything the AllSpark touches becomes an evil transformer. My theory is that this is because all of our modern technology was reverse engineered from Megatron. So when it is animated, it is as evil as he is.

Most Stereotypical Moment: Glenn, the black hacker, yelling at the FBI that his grandma will beat them up.

Best Action Moment: Optimus Prime stabs Bonecrusher in the neck and decapitates him with his retractable sword/axe.

Best Product Placement: The AllSpark animates a Mt Dew vending machine which transforms and starts fighting.

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Go see it!!

barricade attacks sam

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  1. Mattthepirate said,

    on July 5th, 2007 at 12:47 pm

    I would like to add that this movie had much more humor (albeit a mix of nerd humor) that I expected. This fact, I think, will give it some more mainstream appeal, as if it needed any to be frickin’ sweet as hell.

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    Best part is not when Bumblebee turns into new Camaro, it is when the humans still don’t know the car is a transformer and the sexual tension peaks as Bumblebee plays some very well timed music selections.

    Best “I’m 12 years old again moment”
    Bumblebee signals the Autobots, which then sets into motion a completely righteous sequence where we get to see all the Autobots for the first time.

  2. ez said,

    on July 5th, 2007 at 2:43 pm

    Well composed, Greg.

    Funniest moment(s): The Autobots hiding from Sam’s parents. Jazz in the window, Bumblebee under the porch, Ironhide wishing to just blast them with his cannons.

    Best “I’m 12 years old again moment”: I thought was Optimus Prime said, “Autobots… Roll Out!”

    If all our technology comes from Megatron, then does that give credence to the idea our technology really is inherently evil?

  3. Andrew said,

    on July 6th, 2007 at 7:44 pm

    Great review, Greg! I would like to say that I completely agree with Matt the Pirate about the best “12 years old again” segment. Amazingly done.

    Quibbles: not enough time with the Autobots. Jazz (second in command, man!) gets unceramoniously ripped in half after only one line of dialogue. Also, no Starscream/Megatron tension, which is neccessary if you’re going to kill off Megatron and do a sequel (which they’re doing). Finally, the hilarious line at the end, where the government says that they’re dropping the “dead” transformers into the Marianas Trench in order to “cover up” the events of the past few days. “Cover up??” Half of downtown LA is rubble. I’m sure we’re past the point of cover-up-ability here, gentlemen.

    But yeah. Awesome film. Man. I’m going to have to see this again real soon!

  4. Michael said,

    on October 17th, 2007 at 11:46 am

    Well, I think the reason Prime is getting his butt kicked is because he’s a machine of peace. In Beast Wars (Oh, God. There he goes.) Megatron says something like, “Face it Prime. You’re programed to give peace a chance.” Plus he was too busy trying not to squash the humans. I supoose prime is trying not to fight. Who knows…
    :)

    As for the evil allspark reanimations, Maybe the uncontrolled Allspark energy was creating primal beings. Causing everything to act aggresive. But your explanation makes sense.

    Best part: Decepticons acted like Decepticons. If it’s in the path, blow it away. Hey, there’s a bus full of people in the way. Not any more. BOOM.

    Quibble: Why does Megatron try to reason with Spike (sorry…’Sam’) when he has him cornered on top of the building. Take both hands and squash him! Seperate the Allspark from the Spike guts and sling the Spike juice off your fingers.

    I agree with Andrew about Jazz. I always liked Scat-Man so, I was a fan of Jazz. They hinted that Jazz and Prime were buds and Prime did mention his fallen comrade but his death was kinda blown off. Which makes me wonder if he’s coming back.

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