Monday, 28 September 2020
Written by Sandra Fitzpatrick   
Monday, 09 July 2007 00:00
The Transformers are one of those staples of the 1980’s that were too cool to ever really go out of style. The cartoon was great, and the toys brilliantly designed. So, I’m not surprised to see the movie version hitting the big screen, I’m only surprised we didn’t see it sooner. Unfortunately, thanks to some shoddy directing by Michael Bay, the Transformers should have waited a while longer to “roll out”.

The movie starts out well enough, with a mind-blowing scene at a military camp in the Middle East. US troops come under attack by what they think is a nearly invincible mechanical weapon. Of course it turns out to be a Deceptacon (super-evil Transformers led by Megatron). Meanwhile back in the States a kid gets his first car, which turns out to be an Autobot (good Tranformers led by Optimus Prime). Sam’s (Shia LaBeouf) new car seems perversely interested in helping him score with the overly tanned, scantily dressed lead actress disguised as a high school student.

There are any number of subplots as well, involving the Secretary of Defense, Air Force One, computer hackers, secret agents, and a fathers obsession with lawn care to name just a few. Several scenes, and for that matter several characters, could have been cut entirely since they served absolutely no purpose or were quite frankly embarrassingly bad. Keep an eye out for all the flaws in continuity. It seems that in Michael Bay’s world day and night can be turned on and off like a light switch!

The Transformers themselves looked amazing. They were extremely well animated and the character design was great. It’s only too bad we don’t see more of them, as they only really show up half way through the lengthy film. Guess they had to leave room for all the shameless product placements. By the time the action really got under way I simply didn’t care anymore and was bored out of my mind.

Defend it if you will, but I think that Transformers deserved better than a few cool scenes strung together with filler. Great entertainment cannot exist on CG alone and sometimes, good movies are made of more than meets the eye. I give Transformers 4 out of 10 stars.