Transformers - Review

Michael Bay’s Transformers is based on the cumulative plot of the very popular 1984 animated TV series by the same name. The movie lumps together elements and characters made popular during the original show’s first generation.

Michael Bay’s Transformers is based on the cumulative plot of the very popular 1984 animated TV series by the same name. The movie lumps together elements and characters made popular during the original show’s first generation. Without ruining the plot for anyone who hasn’t yet indulged in this ‘visual buffet’ of cinematic achievement, the basic premise is as follows: Robots land on earth after fleeing their own war-torn planet of Cybertron in search of an otherworldly artifact, a sought-after item for a sinister clan of robots known only as the Decepticons. Their objective is to resurrect their evil leader Megatron and use said artifact for various bad-guy type activities. But wait, there is hope! Enter the good guys, a group of machines known who call themselves the Autobots and are lead by the mighty Optimus Prime. These metal warriors disguise themselves as various earthbound vehicles, and battles of epic proportions ensue, with the human race caught in the middle.

 Now I know I’ve seen quite a few negative reviews about this movie, and they all seem to say the same thing – ‘Wah! Where’s the character development!? Wah! Where’s the story line? Wah!’ – shut the funk up you whiney little tarts! If you expected a realistic storyline and an explanation for everything, then maybe you should remember this is a movie about 30-foot tall robots from outer-goddamn-space that transform into cars, jets and tanks. What the hell did these people expect?

 Look, I’ll be honest here. As a fan of the Transformers pretty much from birth I can tell you the only ingredients this movie needed to truly be a successful production: A) Robots transforming B) Robots fighting and C) Optimus Prime. That is all anyone could ever ask for and this movie delivered all three requirements to their fullest, as well as adding a million little sprinkles of joy for anyone who grew up with the original series. This movie is definitely aimed towards grown ass men that miss their childhood, but it’s all good. Women had Titanic to quell their emotional needs, so guys can have Transformers

Now I’m not saying females won’t appreciate this flick, but it’s really just a means for us dudes to re-connect with our favourite boyhood hero – Optimus Prime. I mean, really, he’s the ultimate father-figure combined with the wisdom of all your favourite uncles. He can be a truck (guys like trucks) a giant robot (guys like robots) and he represents heroic goodwill, and everything many young men aspire to be. You may laugh at this, but as a child of the 1980’s I can assure you this is the truth.

This is a really great movie for anyone to see. The attention to detail and the updated realism of the robots is a spectacle to be seen, and the fact that Michael Bay’s Transformers managed to lump together the plot from the first 2 years of the original series is a feat in itself. They cleaned up the imperfections of the original storyline, and remedied many puzzling visual aspects that were present in the 1984 series (Megatron used to transform into a 9mm handgun) while staying true to the blueprint for each character. Still, even super-geek fanboys and fangirls wouldn’t dare to complain about the modern interpretation of this childhood classic.

Check it out if you haven’t already, and if you have already seen it, go again. Spend some time with your robot pals.

Directed by: Michael Bay

Starring: Tyrese Gibson, Megan Fox, Bernie Mac, Josh Duhamel, Shia LaBeouf

Rhyme Revolution Rating: * * * * *

Written by: Matty S.J.