I watched Transformers today! When I first heard that it was going to be a live action movie, I was a bit hesitant, but I knew that I would watch it (and love it) regardless. It was awesome! It was actually quite well done. It wasn't just a crappy movie using the characters to boost the movie, the writing was actually rather clever and funny and the acting was actually good! They even managed to stay away from cheesy lines, like "more than meets the eye", well, of course they used the line, but it was a slight variation of it and it was as a joke. They had all the lines they needed to have ("Autobots, roll out!", "Decepticons, attack!", etc.), but didn't overuse them and didn't use them in a cheesy manner. The special effects was pretty awesome and the transformations were amazing! I missed the transformation sound from the cartoon though. I also missed the Transformers song. The voices of the Transformers didn't sit very well with me. While Optimus Prime had the same person do the voice as in the cartoons, I'm not sure if it's the 20 years of aging or the fact that they made the voice more mechanical, but it didn't quite sound right. Same with the others. The worst was Starscream in that he didn't have the same whiny voice as in the cartoon. The Transformers cast was pretty small. I was hoping to see the Dinobots and the Constructicons, and have them combine and transform into the big giant robots :). The amount of product placement was kinda annoying.... *cough* GMC
The story itself was alright. It was a bit of a departure from the cartoons (where the Decepticons went to Earth to mine it for energon). The beginning had a lot of development and background stuff and was a little slow and then the end was a little fast and predictable. It can't compete, storyline wise, with the original Transformers movie from 1986. Spoiler alert!!!!......... (Optimus Prime dies!! Of course, he comes back in a later episode)
The movie's a good watch and if you're a fan, you obviously have to go watch it! The theatre was packed and there was a lengthy line-up outside for the next showing, so the movie is doing well. I wonder if this will initiate a series of other movies based on TV shows of the past. I want to see a Thundercats movie!!!
Whoa, I just looked up the Thundercats Wikipedia page and it says that there's a a CGI-animated Thundercats movie in the making!!!!!