Transformers: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE! There’s not a single kid who lived through the eighties who doesn’t have some fond memory or recollection of this franchise. Being a 1992 baby, I had no idea about Transformers beyond the basics. (I knew who Optimus Prime was, of course.) I’m sure there were hundreds of people who were not optimistic about Michael Bay adapting the much loved TV show into a movie, but as I’m completely neutral, I’ll tell you what I thought about it.
Introducing the characters and the lore of these robots takes up a good third of this movie. Shia LeBeouf plays Sam Witwicky, who comes across an old, yellow sports car and is completely oblivious to the fact that the car is actually Bumblebee: a full blown Transformer. These Transformers are known as the Autobots, and Sam is quickly informed that they’re in the middle of an ancient war between themselves as the evil Decepticons. Before you know it, our protagonist finds out that he holds the key to everything, and the Decepticons seek to obtain it from him, whilst the Autobots do whatever it takes to stop them from winning.
Over the top, dramatic, booming action music? Yep, it’s Michael Bay! But it’s all a bit of fun, what’s so wrong with that?
Unsurprisingly, there’s some elaborate cinematography for some equally elaborate action sequences in here. In fact, the action is so constant and ongoing that there’s no time to breathe. However, is this really the type of film you want to take a breather in? I don’t think so. It’s basically a blueprint for your average tentpole Hollywood blockbuster, and they’re designed to entertain rather than provoke thought. I don’t know about you, but I’m cool with that. Stop being so pretentious already.
As over-indulgent as you’d expect from this director, it’s clear and obvious that he milked every last cent of his gargantuan budget. To be fair to him, most of the special effects – especially the animation of the robots themselves – is pretty successful for the most part.
No one’s winning any major awards for their performance in this movie. Megan Fox is, well… Megan Fox, and Shia LaBeouf is at his Shia LaBeoufiest. Neither are incredible, but they’re good enough and come with the right amount of charisma. I guess that’s what matters with a movie like this, right?
There’s a lot of shit to cover with this as it basically introduces an entirely new species (I mentioned that it’s an adaptation of the original TV series, didn’t I?), and whilst some parts are less coherent and harder to follow than others, they do well to cram it all in to one movie. Yes, it’s a little long, but it’s difficult to pinpoint what could be omitted to shorten it, so one must admit that it’s fairly well edited.
Not the most brilliant or memorable movie I’ve seen this year, but I had fun with this! Wind it in, haters. Side note: the soundtrack is brilliant.
Transformers is available to stream on Sky Cinema and Now TV in the UK.
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