• notsosmartguy

    A great article Lewis I agree. When I saw it in theaters I was around 12 and I thought it was “tah best movie evah” and no one could tell me otherwise. Then 2 things happened 1. I grew up and 2 Avengers came out. Avengers did everything better than transformers while having likeable cast that you actually care about without all the bad humor that is really juvenile and having a female character who isn’t just eye candy. The only thing I will defend is the transformers not being in the film until an hour in as the like the build up to seeing them made them look more impressive (though the recent Godzilla did the same thing much better) I myself give it a 6/10 out of nostalgia, the transformers looking cool, and it having some pretty good action scenes.

    For those looking for a good transformers experience similar to the movies without a lot of the issues I recommend transformers prime animated series.

  • Deus Ex Machina

    I’ve always loved this movie. I mean, sure it’s got more problems with it than I can count, and it’s certainly not the most engaging or intelligent movie ever made, but come on. Giant space robots battling it out on Earth, what’s not to love?

    In all seriousness though, as a life long Trsnsformers fanatic, I would have prefered more screen time and development for the Transformers themselves. In all three movies the Autobots just feel like big 2 dimensional war machines rather than the fully rounded characters you find in the cartoons and comics. I definetly see the need for human characters, but if the movies spent less time focussing on them and more time focussing on the Transformers, then the next movie has the potential to be absolutely brilliant in my eyes.

    • notsosmartguy

      I wouldn’t mind the human characters if they didn’t suck

  • https://twitter.com/#!/Jawsey Jawsey Baker, minus my scarf

    I always enjoyed the first film. As the writer points out, the visuals are superb and the script isn’t actually that terrible. I actually thought it was a nice idea to show a bit more human perspective to what would happen if giant alien robots came to earth, and it’s probably true that the army would probably get the crap beaten out of it. I do go back and watch it from time to time. But in hindsight LeBeouf and Fox were very bland actors, I’m sure Mark Wahlberg will do a much better job of that.

    This is also notably what makes the other two films so awful, as it fails miserably at all of these above qualities of the first film. I hope I haven’t beaten Lewis to that analysis first though :P

    • notsosmartguy

      Hopefully the new one will be better now that we have a better actor as the protagonist but hey if it’s just as bad as the others at least we get to see optimus prime ride a robotic trex.

      • https://twitter.com/#!/Jawsey Jawsey Baker, minus my scarf

        Exactly, and all the non-comic fans like myself can pretend we always knew exactly who Grimlock is :)