A Transformer reviews Transformers

It seemed obvious to take a bot-crossing Transformer to see the Transformers movie. This is BOT016, who was subsequently left in the cinema atop the movie’s poster. He liked the show.

Michael Bay made the better than expected The Island and the awful Pearl Harbour (to be fair, the sequence that covers the attack on Pearl Harbour is excellent and deserves to be rescued from the dire love story framing it and edited into the superior Tora! Tora! Tora!) so I didn’t know what to expect.

What I got was a no nonsense adventure story that moved fast enough to keep me thinking too much about plot holes. It provided a few laughs as well, which is always good. The special effects were stunning, as you’d expect, making this another on of those films where I’d buy the DVD for the special features on the cgi.

A few observations-

Nice family dynamics in the Witwicky clan. It made a change to see a functionally eccentric clan rather than the usual miserably dysfunctional kind.

Was the pilot/driver of all the Decepticon vehicles the same person? And couldn’t they have got a hologram without a pornstar moustache?

I believe the original Bumblebee was a Beetle, which makes the car lot scene an inside joke.

Sector Seven were annoying, but I did like the logo.

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