May 27, 2010


Another Saturday morning cartoon, like GI Joe and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, takes on the big screen, and Transformers does a reasonably good job creating an entertaining first film.  This is purely a summer sort of film, one that you can shut your mind off to and you don’t get distracted by the story either being so bad or good that you pay all that much attention to it.

It all starts with Sam Witwicky, a high school student, who is trying to get his first car.  As he is working on that, by getting good grades, several objects fall out of the sky crashing into earth, and the Autobots and Decepticons are on Earth.  They are searching for the All-Spark for their own various reasons, for the Autobots it is primarily to protect it from the Decepticons.  And while the Decepticons take on the world trying to find out the location of it, and Megatron , the Autobots, lead by Optimus Prime, try and blend into society and covertly stop the Decepticons.  Sam Witwicky accidentally becomes involved as he tries to see his grandfathers spectacles in order to raise more money for the car.  Little does he know that a map to the All-Spark is hidden on the cracked lens.  Things go to hell quickly and the Autobots have to protect Sam and defeat the Decepticons.

The acting in this film is very sub par.  Shia LaBeouf, who some people for some reason think could be an up and coming actor (he really can’t act) stars in the role of Sam Witwicky.  He comes across as annoying and whiny throughout the whole film and doesn’t do a good job.  His love interest in the film, Mikaela, is played by Megan Fox.  Again, she can’t act to save her life, and while she is stunning to look at on the screen, her performance is very bland.  The people who are actually interesting on screen are Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Anthony Anderson, and Rachael Taylor, and all of them play lesser roles.  Duhamel and Gibson both play men from a military squad to manage to capture part of a Decepticon.  Their acting isn’t all that great either, but they do a very good job in the action sequences.  Anthony Anderson and Rachael Taylor player computer hackers/nerds, and they provide much of the comic relief.  Anderson is hilarious in this film with the one liners and situations that he gets.  His performance is probably the high point in the acting.

In the visual department is where this film gets to be pretty decent.  Michael Bay is known for making films with huge explosions and action sequences, and this film doesn’t disappoint.  It starts off with action and it ends with action.  Roberto Ocri and Alex Kurtzman deserve from recognition for this film as well.  They both screen wrote this film, and while they didn’t manage to keep it going through the second film, they have some writing talent with both having written for the television show Fringe and writing the Star Trek film.  They created a very good mindless summer film.

Overall there isn’t anything all that special about this film.  The action sequences are fun, and it is easy to shut your mind off while watching and just enjoying the action as it takes place.  And there is definitely a time for films like this one.  A lot of the time a good summer film fails because it tries to be clever at points, or it gets convoluted by adding in too much action or too many characters, but this one keeps it simple enough to be very entertaining.

Entertainment Grade: B+

Critical Grade: C-

Overall Grade: B


One comment

  1. i love the Bazooka of Megatron, i don’t understand why they did not include it on the movie ,””

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