Peichi and I saw Transformers last night. Wow, what a movie. Wait…that didn’t sound quite right…a missing modifier somewhere. Let me correct that. Wow, what a worthless movie.
Still doesn’t sound right. Perhaps my command of the English language isn’t sufficient to explain how bad this movie really was. But, I will do my absolute best to anyway.
First, I am completely aware that when one goes to see a movie based upon a storyline originally intended to do nothing but sell small toys, one cannot have the highest of hopes. This must go double when the story involves interstellar robots who are alive, and also, for some reason become cars and trucks on their day off.
At this point, in the interest of full disclosure I must confess that I grew up watching this cartoon every day. I had and played with the action figures, including Optimus Prime, the Holy Grail of Transformers figurines. Because of this, I was expecting more from this movie.
First, I’ll get out of the way the things that I like about this movie (and there isn’t much). The non-CGI aspects of this film’s special effects are quite cool. There are planes, tanks, missiles, and machine guns galore. They paid for everything from an F-35 to an SR-71 in this movie, and burned up fuel flying them. Apparently, Michael Bay also detonated the largest movie explosion in history during filming as well. All of that was pretty cool. But that was where the fun of this movie ended.
A movie about transforming robots should have tons of screen time with transforming robots, but there wasn’t. What transformers you did get to watch were usually shown in the midst of full screen grapples with other robots. You know the standard movie scene where some giant factory or piece of machinery explodes with wires and tubes and flying metal everywhere? Well, imagine a constant closeup of that continually flooding across the scene during any CGI shot. This made all of the digital special effects not only worthless for me, but a little nauseating sometimes.
But of course, many people were not watching the movie for much other than provocative pictures of Megan Fox. The movie did not disappoint fans on this one. The whole thing really seemed at times like little more than a vehicle to show her and other scantily-clad vixens. Sadly for her, she does nothing in the movie but look pretty. At times she gets to woodenly deliver lines between that look she constantly makes telling the world “I’m really hot, and I can get anything I want just by looking at you.” She also gets to do pseudo-romance skits with Shia LaBeouf that are about as believable as that movie where Ellen DeGeneres was looking for a husband.
The most excruciating part of this film was the actual plot itself. I am fine suspending belief enough to watch emotional robots change into cars. But we all know the feeling when the logic of a movie chews you up and spits you out, and suddenly you are looking around the theater going “what the heck?” This happened repeatedly.
Part of the “plot” of Transformers 2 (no real spoiler alert—you wouldn’t notice anyway) involves Shia’s character going off to college. Here is what we learn about college during the school scenes. First, college is full of mostly attractive scantily-clad women. There are no fat women or ugly women at all. There are also no asian, hispanic, or black women. They are all white. They are mostly there to try and have lots of sex.
Your dorm mate will be really eccentric and will be running a super-hacker conspiracy website which will be staffed with 5 or 6 guys. The whole setup will easily fit in one area of your 2,000 square foot dorm room. You won’t be spending much time there though, because you will be attending a lot of parties. In fact, your first night there you will be invited to a massive frat party, even though no one invites freshman guys to frat parties.
You will also be in class with every other person you know at the university. Your astronomy 101 class (cause every freshman takes that required lecture class) will be taught by a super-sexual 35 year old professor. He will make sexual innuendo during his first lecture during which he doesn’t talk about the syllabus at all, but instead mentions a few constellations and E=MC2. There is no real reason he does this. All the girls also want to bed him.
Then we go pretty quickly to the ultra-secret US military group who is working with the Auto-bots. Why are the good guys only able to transform into cars, but the bad guys can transform into virtually anything? Sorry—-I took a detour. Where was I? Oh yes, the military.
The military gets to do secret military work in countries like China, and the other governments don’t care about this at all. In fact, they love it! They love it so much that our military gets to air drop into Egypt without even notifying Egypt at all, and when the pyramids start blowing up, the Egyptian army doesn’t bother showing up, because, hey, those American troops must have it all worked out.
So, the American troops drop out of 2 C-17’s and set up right at the base of the pyramids. Ten minutes later, when the Decepticons attack, the military has beemed in 20 tanks and managed to fill the skies with fighter planes.
I could go on and on, and I have. The point is…well…just don’t watch the movie. Go and get that original Transformers movie from 1986. It is much better.