Monday, July 2, 2007
Yes, it's THAT good.
OH MY GOD, OH MY GOD, OH MY GOD! Alright, I'm not gonna dance around the subject with a lazy introduction like I usually do. TRANSFORMERS IS THAT GOOD! I'm probably one of the biggest transformers fans for sure. As a kid, I collected like mad, I'd watch the cartoon series ad nauseum, and not to mention the 80s movie (one of the greatest movies of all time). When I grew up, I'd still keep in touch with my childhood love by watching the 80s cartoon/movie in its many reincarnations - VHS release, DVD release, DVD 20th Anniversary release.
But now, Hollywood was put to the test when it decided to take my childhood and put it up on the big screen - and changing a whole helluva lot along the way. Now, as much as I've disliked Michael Bay's recent attempts (Bad Boys II, Pearl Harbour, Island), I was actually a huge Michael Bay fan back in the day (Bad Boys, The Rock, and Armageddon). So I knew his style was just absolutely perfect for this movie. What I was weary of was the liberties he took and the sponsorship - all GM cars, flames on Prime, Prime's lips, Bumblebee as a Camaro and on and on.
But screw it. Seriously. Forget it all. TRANSFORMERS IS THAT GOOD! Any little flaws you find with the movie, any fan displeasures or even atrocities are completely wiped off by everything that's so good about Transformers.
The movie doesn't waste time, gets you on the ride, and doesn't stop for the next 2 hours. The slow motion, the swing around dolly shots, the explosions, the destruction - it all works so well in this movie. Michael Bay, I'm glad your time has finally come.
Again, it's not perfect, and yes, again, I know there are things that go against the holy bible of cybertron - but you forget it. Seriously, as you watch the movie, you forget it and just enjoy the beauty of the movie. I can't remember the last time I felt so happy after leaving a theatre. I can't remember the last time I smiled so much watching a movie.
I think the thing is, as the movie starts and the company logos start - your heart beats so fast and so hard because you're so worried that the movie is gonna be bad - that they're gonna ruin what's left of your childhood. And because it doesn't - everything seems so amazing!
And because you forget about what doesn't please the fans - you enjoy what does! (SPOILER WARNING FOR THIS PARAGRAPH) - the addition of "One shall fall and one shall stand!", the attack on devastator's turret ala Cup in the 80s movie, and just hearing Cullen's Voice!!!! Oh my god Cullen's voice!!!! It sounds so amazingly good in a theatre!
The sequel's not nearly gonna be as good becuase it'll suffer from the Jurassic Park syndrome - once you've seen the special effects for the first time, you'll never have that feeling again.
Listen, Transformers isn't a perfect movie. But because what's good about it is SOOOO freakin' good, it makes you compeltely forgive the bad.
It's weird, as I was sitting in the theatre, I thought about what I'd say when people would ask me how good Transformers was - and I didn't think I'd be saying "It's SOOO FREAKIN' GOOD!", but as soon as I left the theatre, there was no doubt.
IT'S SOOOOO FREAKIN' GOOD.
Thanks for reading.