July 16, 2007

Transformers review


Adam: Two and a half stars

Length: 144min


Their war. Our world.
More than meets the eye.

Review by Adam:

The first time I went to see this movie it had sold out and I saw Shrek the Third. Talk about a crapfest. Anyway it was my brother Luke and his partner Laura’s “awesome” comments that got Lara and I into the movies to see this.

The basic plot is that a loser kid happens to hold a seemingly inconspicuous object that is actually the key to saving the world from bad robots (Decepticons) that can transform. Oh and then there’s the “hot” girl at school that he is trying to impress who gets tangled up in it all.

For the next two hours you watch as the US military tries to work out what’s going on and the Autobots (goodies) make good with the transforming. Highlights include the robots transforming. Lowlights include everything else.

Of particular low-light fame is the sexist portrayals of women, loser kid getting all self-righteous because he’s never been to Juvy for boosting cars like the “hot” girl, and the black guy always dying. Seriously, the only Autobot who dies is the one who is stereotypically African American. What’s with that!?!

There’s little character development in the humans but some in the robots. (Kinda says something about it eh?). Optimus Prime’s speeches are totally lame and make you want to see the Decepticons win. They don’t.

Bad reviews aside, I loved watching the special effects and the robots getting all robo-erotic in the fight scenes. Everything that can blow up does. Of particular liking to me is the final battle that takes place in a city – nothing spells fun like giant anythings smashing up a city. These things satisfied the eleven dollars I spent.


One comment

  1. I love transformers, but i think they wanted the movie to sell well rather than for personal art-ie reasons. That’s why they have american flags, etc.

    The main guy is a good actor. I bet Laura and Lara wanted to snog him.

    The only thing that pissed me off other than being too american, is that when the robots jump on to the roof of buildings, they should crumble beneath the weight. Those old manhattan-style buildings weren’t designed to hold such weight, and the robots weigh tonnes! I guess they portray how oh-so-strong the building infrastructures are. Pleasing some real-estate-men i bet!

    Am i spot on OR WHAT?

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