Miraculously, I managed to get out again and see a movie. Of course, I had to pick the movie that looked like the biggest spectacle onscreen because that's the kind of person I am.
I don't know why I was so revved up to see Transformers, but I was really excited to see this one for some reason. And even though I was a little old to really get into the cartoon series when it first came out, I still think it's great that Peter Cullen, the original voice of Optimus Prime, was tapped to voice the character in this movie.
Honestly, I don't remember the original TV series that well. I suppose that's best when watching big screen adaptations of anything since it keeps expectations low. And frankly, in a movie like this, I only expected a lot of action.
It would be easy to pick apart this movie since it isn't too deep on plot. But I gotta admit I thought it was a lot of fun. If you're someone who expects this movie to be kind of like The Terminator, well, it's not. This one is definitely geared toward the teenage audience. The main character Sam Witwicky, played by Shia LeBeouf, is a likable, but slightly geeky kid who just so happens to have something very important to the transformable robots that are the center of the movie. Megan Fox goes along for the ride as well, though personally I think her main job is to be eye candy for the teenage boys surely flocking to the movie.
There are two main groups of Transformers, the Autobots (good guys) and the Decepticons (bad guys). Both groups are searching for something called the "Allspark," which can enable the Decepticons to take over the planet and destroy mankind. Megatron, the main bad guy, originally followed the Allspark to Earth but crash landed in the Arctic Circle, becoming frozen in the ice and later discovered by Sam Witwicky's grandfather. The other Decepticons and the Autobots follow Megatron to Earth and each group tries to be the first to get to Sam.
But really, it isn't the plot that's important here. Seriously. It's the special effects and they are spectacular. This movie moves along at a fast pace and we get to see lots of Transformers in action-- and I bet GM paid a fortune in product placement to reveal their new Camaro.
I have read some other criticisms of the movie and they are valid. The Autobots are the only Transformers that are given any personality and yet, oddly, the Decepticons get to turn into cooler stuff. This is highlighted in the final battle when we finally get to see Megatron in action and see him turn into a jet. Why is it all the good guys are cars and the bad guys get to turn in helicopters and jets? Just curious. But when the Autobots are their robotic selves, they are quite the sight to see. And I never would have thought a semi could look cool, but somehow they manage to make Optimus Prime look like one tough 18 wheeler.
Ultimately though, this movie is about the visuals. If you're looking for a good escapist action movie with great special effects, and a bit of juvenile humor, then go ahead and see Transformers. It's my newest guilty pleasure.