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It’s been a while but I’m back… review of “transformers”

Posted in movies & movie reviews, news by Chewie on September 28, 2007

If you look back a few posts you’ll see that I was pretty jazzed (no pun intended) about seeing the new Mike Bay Transformers flick. Well I saw it when it was in the theatre and have to say that it was outstanding! Here’s a review that I wrote for KillTheCan.org — hope you like it!

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chewie’s review of “transformers”

ok… will take this step by step and try not to spoil the story. please keep in mind that i saw this in a DLP theatre so it was essentially like watching a high definition version of the movie.

first off… this is NOT a kids movie. yeah yeah yeah, i know that it’s based on the kids toys from the early 80’s but this is a serious action movie (or as serious as one can get basing a story on robots from another planet that transform into other objects)

this LOOKS like a michael bay movie from the beginning. for those of you that aren’t familiar with his work, he directed bad boys, the rock, armageddon & pearl harbor. (also note that i’m super excited that the next movie has already been approved for 2009)

if you’re looking for the cartoon storyline you’re going to be dissapointed. gone is the story of the matrix of leadership and the cybertronian wars. while they do make reference to cybertron the reason that they are on earth to begin with is completely different from the cartoon storylines. i won’t go into it here, but suffice to say it’s pretty much just a macguffin.

the transformers – overall i think they looked great. there actually aren’t THAT many characters in the movie. of course you’ve got optimus prime, bumblebee, megatron & starscream, but you’re missing some of my favorites including soundwave (who i hear is going to be in the next flick). the transformation sequences are done REALLY well and you even get to hear the tell-tale transform noise a couple of times.

they brought back peter cullen as the voice of optimus prime which is SO FUCKING COOL ITS NOT EVEN FUNNY. yes, i’m a geek and a fanboy, but it was so worth it.

the humans

Shia LaBeouf plays an awesome character though it seems as if he’s talking in fucking warp speed for most of the movie. i’m guessing that his character is based on “spike” from the cartoons, but the link is never clearly made.

Megan Fox is fucking SMOKING and get hotter as the damn movie goes on. i woudl LOVE to be the dude that’s in charge of spraying her with water so it appears as if she’s sweating… are you fucking kidding me? hot

Josh Duhamel (danny from nbc’s las vegas) was in there to get the teenie bopper girl fans. his particular story line was pretty overdone if you ask me – hence the reason we’ve got a 2.5 hour plus action movie – but i’m a fan of las vegas so i was pulling for the character.

Rachael Taylor is in the movie pretty much just to be hot i think… nuff said.

visuals – as i said before it looked like a mike bay flick and overall it looked awesome. the battle scenes were done really well, and there was nothing “toyish” about the transformers themselves. the one BIG BITCH that i had about the movie was some of the camera angles. the last battle scene is about 30-40 minutes long – and it’s shot with the “shaky camera” (think the first 20 minutes of saving private ryan and you’ve got it). it was so bad that i actually had to look away at one point, but that MAY have been due to the theatre i was in.

ok, i’ve rambled on long enough, but i’d give this flick a STRONG 4/5 stars… well worth the $$$, especially if you were a fan of a the cartoon (though definitely not necessary)

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