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July 2, 2007 3:21:12 PM

Many feared how Transformers would turn out in the hands of Michael Bay, but the end result is a high-octane action extravaganza of giant robots brawling sprinkled with a surprising amount of comedy.
July 2, 2007 3:56:54 PM

I have not seen the movie.
From the old cartoons, I can tell which transformers came from planes, cars, etc.
From watching the Ads, the transformers look like they're made from garbage and scrap metal.
From people that seen the film, can you tell which transformers transfer to/from what?
thanks.
July 2, 2007 4:26:22 PM

I was able to jump in on a pre screening of the movie and I have to agree with this review. Being a kid from the 80's I had high hopes this would be just like the cartoon I woke up to in grade school, and it didn't let me down one bit. Also being a 3D artist the CG was beyond spectacular and was far beyond what I could have ever dreamed.

Good Movie, good times, make a 2nd one already will ya....

OP is OP TBH
July 2, 2007 4:48:59 PM

generally speaking i liked all the transformers shows, cept the new animed ones wich are terrible(loved beast wars/machines)

definatly going to go see this
July 2, 2007 5:06:06 PM

I haven't seen the movie yet, but I definitly will. I downloaded the high-def preview, 2 minutes long, a month ago and was totally amaze at the quality of the animation. Now you just convinced me to get a go at it. :twisted:
July 2, 2007 5:34:58 PM

Quote:
I have not seen the movie.
From the old cartoons, I can tell which transformers came from planes, cars, etc.
From watching the Ads, the transformers look like they're made from garbage and scrap metal.
From people that seen the film, can you tell which transformers transfer to/from what?
thanks.


Not as much as you could from the show, but I think it's still there. You can tell Blackout is a helicopter because he still has the rotor blades on his back (as well as wielding the tail rotor) and Starscream is all sharp angles and flat military coloring. They look a lot more like functioning alien robots in the movie than they did in the show and the transformations are a lot more complicated.
July 2, 2007 5:36:52 PM

I caught a pre-screening with my wife and kids on Thursday.

I have to say, that this movie grabbed me with a sense of wonder in a way no other movie has since I went to see the original Star Wars as a kid. I couldn't tell you a damn thing about the plot because all I remember was thinking, and saying, "WOW" throughout the whole movie. I'm going to have to go see it again just to watch the plot, heh.

Before I saw it, I'd say the smart money would be on the new Potter flick for top dollar this summer, but frankly, I think this will blow that movie away, at least in the US. I wouldn't be surprised if it makes close to a billion before it comes out of theaters.

Definitely would agree with the review and heartily recommend the movie to anyone except younger children (I'd say nobody below maybe 8-10...it's fairly intense and might freak out the youngsters).

peace,
Aielman
July 2, 2007 5:54:18 PM

Little GIRLS feel cheated because Strawberry Shortcake and Holly Hobbie were not made into movies? no for you see all those items are little kids stuff and when they turn around the age of 8 they stop playing with all those toys, while men seem to keep playing with their toys well unto their... 20's, 30's, 40's, etc.
July 2, 2007 5:56:45 PM

The only difference between men and boys is the size of their toys?

heh.

peace,
Aielman
July 2, 2007 9:36:35 PM

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There are some fairly large logic jumps and technical improbabilities, but in a movie about outer space robots you really shouldn't be too concerned with issues regarding conservation of mass or information technology. The story is just there to connect the action sequences.


This is something I always have a problem with.

Both in small ways (like bogus explanations. Biggest example? The Mitochlora-whatever that the "Force" was supposed to come from.... Nice way to ruin a magical thing that really did not need explanation!) And in large (things not feeling real, like in the third Matrix, where neo flew around like superman, and solid objects all looked like foam rubber).

The hard part for this flik would have probably been making sure that robots of this size and weight effected the environment in step with their size.

The Hulk flopped on this in many facets, able to lift things, and jump without leaving marks where he did either (you lifet a tank, you should leave a mark in the ground, or sink).

You get a semi-tractor trailer skidding on blacktop, he better leave trails. You get a car on a narrow walkway, that walkway better bend. You get one of these guys build up momentum and hit another, you need to FEEL the impact, not just make it loud.

Some fliks get this right, and even with exaggeration make you forget you are watching a movie and slip into the impossibilities that, for some strange reason, don't seem so impossible.



That said, I don't thnik ANYONE was expecting a plot from this story. Like most kiddie cartoons from the 80's, it did not have a hell of a lot of depth. (When is GI Joe coming out?). The SE's look great from the previews, and I am looking forward to seeing it.

I just hope that little quote clip in the beginning indicates a few stupid attempts at science and not a theme for the entire flik.
July 3, 2007 12:13:28 AM

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The only difference between men and boys is the size of their toys?

And price sometimes :) 

I haven't seen it, but I'm going to, with my gf, may be this weekend. The trailer looked awesome, my heart is jumping with loud 'yay!'... usually, how long will the DVD come out :?: ...I'm going to buy it too... :wink:
July 3, 2007 1:12:09 AM

Although I find it interesting that a cartoon makes it into a movie - along the same interesting lines that a computer game makes it to a movie - I am surprised that so many ppl are still in awe about movies like this. Yet another noisy action movie which can only be made thanks to SFX. To me it is just more-of-the-same. Good guys against bad guys with a lot of boom.

But then, I know I am old before my time. Good for you all that you still enjoy things like this.
July 3, 2007 1:39:42 AM

hey Aielman is your name a refrence to The Wheel of Time by any chance?
July 3, 2007 3:18:14 AM

The movie is awesome, I'd call myself a TF fanboy if I have to but I've been waiting for TF to make it to hollywood since I was in grade school.
However as I get older, I realized that maybe 5-10 yrs ago, hollywood at that time would probably be unable to realize the TFs and their battles in a real world setting in all its CG glory.

After watching this movie however, really for the first few minutes after barricade and bumblebee transformed and fought for the first time I feel like I was a 7 yr old all over again. You know how it is back then, the boys toys, sports cars and robots all in one which made me love TF ever since I was introduced to it.

Too many reviewers complained abt the plot, who cares much abt the plot, this is a movie for boys and men who were and are still boys in their heart LOL :D 

Can't wait for the sequel, I hope there'll be more TF features (combiners, huge base/robots) in it 8)
July 3, 2007 3:13:36 PM

Shouldn't the 'A' in Autobots and 'D' in Decepticons be capitalized? I know I tend to bash TwitchGuru, but this article just doesn't seem to get me pumped and possibly spoiled some parts I would have loved to seen firsthand. Oh well. This is what I get for reading TwitchGuru stuff on Tom's Hardware.
July 3, 2007 5:35:25 PM

I just watched it yesterday at AMC...

The plot is a little rough, but not bad considering we're talking about transforming alien robots.

Special effects are the best for any movie ever made... they leave Spiderman 3 in the dust. Transformations are spectacular. Fight scenes are really cool, up close and personal; this is a contender for biggest, baddest action movie ever made.

The movie takes some time to get going, but when it does it really takes off. Humor is pretty good... LeBeouf's dad looks out the window and somehow misses seeing the 5 transformed autobots in his front yard (they're hiding so hilariously well), and one of the autobots also pees on this one guy...


My biggest gripe is with the action sequences. Yes, they're spectacular and very very good, but I think Bay should have taken some far shots too. It's kind of hard making out whats happening when you have 4 robots duking it out on a narrow street with the camera 20 feet away. There is a sense of lack of style in the fights... like there is only one memorable slo mo when Optimus sucker punches Megatron in the chin. I would have liked to see more of that, and more clean hand-to-hand combat rather than just shooting or shoving each other around.


Overall, I think it's a very good film. Don't take my elaboration of its faults too hard... I'm not listing the good parts because they are too many.
July 3, 2007 8:17:51 PM

I have to also agree with this review. No movie is going to be perfect but I think this was well done... much more than I expected of it. I was just totally amazed at the animations and the CG work. It was soo good I am going to see it again. Kudos to Michael Bay!
July 4, 2007 2:12:21 AM

I got in and saw this movie as soon as it came out. i was fortunate enought to take my wonderfull girlfriend along who totally enjoyed the movie. much to my surprise and utter delight.

i was impressed with the graphic integration and although some characters weren't looking in the correct places sometimes i still felt that it was better than anything i have ever seen before. i'd even go as far to say that it felt 'real' somehow. much more so than the emersive world of the Matrix... (i'm going to cop it for that i'm sure).

When that huge PavlowII helicopter looking Deceptecon landed in the base, transformed and started pounding the army guys with that awesome weapon i got that tingling feeling that didn't let up the whole movie. you know the feeling you get when you do something stupid like trip your house electrical safety switch cause you were 'fixing' and electrical item and your heartrate jumps about over 140+ bpm... ;) 

From the moment you see the Autobots land on earth and start to take the shape of the vehicles they chose (i was impressed by this take on their structural choices actually as i couldn't remember how they did it in the original series) you know your in for a great ride. i'm not sure that a sequal would have as much impact but the wow factor for someone born in 1980 would still be there.

i just cant wait till i can get this on Blueray or HD-DVD and bring it home to watch on my new Samsung 40" 1920x1080 LCD TV and watch it over and over till the disc wears out...
July 4, 2007 2:24:52 AM

Glad you liked it. I also got that tingly feeling, like "Oh, humans, you are SCREWED." That part where Bumblebee gets insulted and comes back as a new 08 Camaro was one of my favorite parts of the movie, and drew quite a bit of applause.
July 4, 2007 2:35:35 AM

thats a very interesting observation becasue i had the same experience. We were the 4th of 5th group of people into the cinema and we watched dozens of families come in after us along with a few groups of 20-25 year old lads. there were quite a few sections of the movie where the family's behind us were cheering and at one point the mother behind us cryed out when bumblebee was injured and then she got up and cheered when ms Fox got him on the tow truck..

great level of viewer interaction i think. haven't seen that since SQ-Episode 01.. and that was just idiots with laser pointers...
July 4, 2007 6:05:58 AM

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Many feared how Transformers would turn out in the hands of Michael Bay, but the end result is a high-octane action extravaganza of giant robots brawling sprinkled with a surprising amount of comedy.


When I was a kid, Transformers and Astroboy were the only two cartoons that interested me. I had a couple of the Transformers toys as well and I loved them.

That's 20 years ago. lol

It's funny with what sticks with you from your childhood days. I'm really looking forward to seeing the film.
July 4, 2007 11:49:06 AM

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That part where Bumblebee gets insulted and comes back as a new 08 Camaro was one of my favorite parts of the movie, and drew quite a bit of applause.



D@mn it you guys....please don't do any storytelling here...noooo...you're all are killing mee.........I haven't watched it yet :cry:  , only the trailers :oops:  .....please god nooo.......
July 4, 2007 8:41:12 PM

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Little GIRLS feel cheated because Strawberry Shortcake and Holly Hobbie were not made into movies? no for you see all those items are little kids stuff and when they turn around the age of 8 they stop playing with all those toys, while men seem to keep playing with their toys well unto their... 20's, 30's, 40's, etc.


perhaps their childhood toys are just untranslatable to adult films because they are so one dimensional? baby dolls and such? you couldn't do squat with that.

anyways, cg fantasy films > jane austin any day;)
July 4, 2007 10:09:41 PM

should probably post SPOILERS in your text if your going to spoil the movie so people don't read it who don't want to.

Transformers was awesome though. Second movie already confirmed and many are planned.
July 5, 2007 12:42:26 AM

Great flick, saw it on a preview screen over the weekend, but a piece of advice, stay far away from the Fanbois and mamas-bois.

I was stuck next to two 30-40 year old dorks who pretty much were saying "Oh My GOD!" throughout the whole movie, as if they'd not seen any CG/animation since the movie 'Batteries not Included'. Almost ruined it for me. The GF just stared and chuckled.

The effects were well done with only a few issue for me, and only a few eye rolling momemts, like I wish films would stop making anachronistic cyber geeks and then trying to explain stuff with crap explanaitions. Just say 'magic' and move on works better. Just like explaining time travel, etc. The over involved BS just looks hokey and is a waste of limited running time and budget. BTW, in the 60 seconds you've been reading this I hacked into every computer you owned, touched, looked at, by using a mega branded DELL generic desktop (w/ a 1.6ghz P4 inside), thanks to a very pretty GUI that made it all so easy. All your Momma's eBay Are Belong to Us! 8)

I did get the distinct 'GM' feel to the flick, especially after a certain scene I won't mention to avoid the smile it may bring to some, but seriously, just like the dorks being surprised/amazed by the CG, what are people really that unfamiliar with US movies and product placement? In live Free or Die Hard figure out if you can tell which company's cars are widely used there, and which company's car is 'easy to steal' as a jab.

Anywhoo, good flick (both of them actually), but like most N.Am films they needed more nudity, and I say that in the most artistic and tasteful way possible. :twisted:

...And I don't mean male-nudity butt shots, there's already too much of that in US cinema! 8O
July 5, 2007 3:31:39 AM

Well I'd have to disagree with the nudity part, it just doesn't fit in with the destructive theme. Look at the other great action/adventure films recently released (Batman Begins, LOTR, Matrix 1, and more), they all stayed true to their characters and didn't need nudity to draw crowds.

Oh, yeah, they have to keep that PG-13 rating too.
July 5, 2007 6:09:50 AM

Saw the movie today and it was amazing. I was afraid the CG was gunna be lame, boy was I wrong. The fighting, transforming, and movement of the robots was done very very well. Must see movie imo.
July 5, 2007 7:11:12 AM

Is amazing, awesome. "The film opens with a voice-over by Optimus Prime, played remarkably by Peter Cullen (the same actor who voiced Prime in his original incarnation in the cartoon and 1986 film), that lays out the origin of the war between the autobots and decepticons", I recognized that voice but I'm not sure about that, when I read this lines I feel so happy. Prime Original voice transport me to 80's when I was a kid. Best summer movie of 2007. Optimus Prime are the best.
July 5, 2007 2:39:31 PM

It was an amazing flick indeed. My only regret is there wasnt an IMAX version, only a giant screen showing. That would have been truly amazing.

Since we are talking about a childhood cartoon of transforming robots form outer space I certainly couldn't care less about the accuracy and physics. It stayed reasonably close to the cartoon story line and that was more than enough for me.

The story was fantastic, the action and cgi were terrific, the voice and character of Optimus Prime was definitely nostalgic, and Shia LaBeouf did an excellent job of not being too annoying. My only disagreement was with the Section 7 crew, a little lame to say the least. But they got what they deserved as quoted from Optimus... "Stop lubricating the human" :lol: 

There is definitely plenty of story line left. Starscream is still alive as well as Scorponok, and Megatron is still mostly intact, not to mention the new Decepticons that were accidentally created near the end of the movie. And the Autobots are being called to Earth as a safe haven. The plot of the second movie is almost clear.
July 5, 2007 2:43:15 PM

SPOILER ALERT:

@sandmanwn?: Isn't Megatron's spard dead? As well as the All Spark? I don't see how he can come back without the All Spark.

Also, why did the All Spark only create Decepticons?
July 5, 2007 3:21:38 PM

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SPOILER ALERT:

@sandmanwn?: Isn't Megatron's spard dead? As well as the All Spark? I don't see how he can come back without the All Spark.

Also, why did the All Spark only create Decepticons?


SPOILER ALERT

Optimus plucked a small shard of the All Spark from Megatron's chest, so that might come into play later.... at the very least we know that the entire All Spark wasn't consumed.

I wouldn't say the All Spark only created Decepticons, it seemed to create completely insane robots. The Decepticons are evil, but they do have the ability to control themselves... I'm not sure the All Spark created robots had any control over themselves.
July 5, 2007 4:39:49 PM

SPOILER ALERT (dont read if you havent seen the movie)

Not to mention the All Spark changed sizes. What once was massive is now hand held so we don't really know much about the All Spark like whether it regenerates, which you could easily assume given it once produced an entire planet of Transformers. Who knows really.

As far as Megatron is concerned, when Frenzy touched the All Spark after being hacked to bits, it immediately regenerated to its former full figure. Which is one of the caveats I saw in the movie... Why didn't Bumble Bee regenerate when he was holding the All Spark after getting its legs blown off. Unless it really is a power source solely for the Decepticons or it has an adverse effect on the Autobots?
July 5, 2007 5:42:14 PM

did not like.

then again this movie wasn't for me. i own vhs tapes of the 97 episodes, DVDs of the episodes, two copies of the moive(original and 20th anniversary), drove 14 hours to goto a convention and spent probably a few grand on the toys.

There was so much more they could have done. I personally wanted a movie about the sides of robots fighting not a movie about humans with robots thrown in.


i saw two 'homages' from the old movie put into that movie, and there were many places for there to be more.


it did feel to me like an hour long GM commercial.


i'd post what i didn't like about the move but it would contain spoilers and other things that didn't make sense.


it wasn't a bad movie, there were parts that didn't need to be there(yes i want to hear about masturbation in a giant robot move :roll: ) and there should have been longer fights that weren't completely one sided.

also less humans.
July 5, 2007 5:59:39 PM

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Optimus Prime = Semi
Bumble-Bee = Camaro
Ratchet = Hummer Emergency Truck
Jazz = Pontiac solstice
Ironhide = GM truck raised and customized

Megatron = Futuristic jet
Scroponok = Tank
Bonecrusher = Big Military truck (not sure what kind it was, but it was big)
Blackout = Helicopter
Jetscream = F22 raptor


Fear not, Optimus Primes flame paint job is only retarded to the transformers universe when hes in car form, when hes a robot you hardly notice the flames and he resembles the original Optimus, so the flames don't ruin it.

I for one love it :!: i will buy it when it comes out, and will see it again at the dollar theatre.
July 5, 2007 6:22:53 PM

I also loved the move, I watched the show religiously when I was little and I literally felt like I was 10 again during the movie... my 10 year old son was sitting next to me and I kept noticing that we both whisper wow at the same parts. That's a pretty awesome feeling, sure there were small things that ticked me off, but I really feel like the set the plate for an awesome sequel.

My wife refused to go, but after hearing us talk about the movie I think she has had a change of heart... so I might have an excuse to go see it again. :D  I know for a fact that when part 2 comes out, my son and I will be there on the first or second day.
July 6, 2007 12:09:17 AM

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As far as Megatron is concerned, when Frenzy touched the All Spark after being hacked to bits, it immediately regenerated to its former full figure. Which is one of the caveats I saw in the movie... Why didn't Bumble Bee regenerate when he was holding the All Spark after getting its legs blown off. Unless it really is a power source solely for the Decepticons or it has an adverse effect on the Autobots?


SPOILER ALERT:

Did Bumblebee touch the All Spark after having his legs blown off? I thought he was covering so the kid could run away with it, and so he never had the chance to touch it after that.

Who was the Autobot that was destroyed? You know, the small one stupid enough to take on Megatron?
July 6, 2007 5:05:36 AM

Spoiler Alert

Megatron ripped Jazz in two.

I still get goose bumps when I hear "I am Megatron!!!!" in my head. Yes he should have been a gun, but I just don't see it fitting very well in a movie. I didn't even care when I saw Prime was a conventional instead of the cab-over he was in the cartoon. I dug the respect they paid to Bumblebee by putting him next to a yellow VW bug in the used car lot.

This movie paid an outstanding homage to my childhood. I will see it again as well as buy it when it comes out.
July 6, 2007 5:10:10 AM

I unfortunately never saw the Transformers cartoon. I have, however, seen every episode of Beast Wars, so I wasn't totally in the dark. Really liked Cheetor and DepthCharge.

I'll probably torrent Transformers G1 now (is it still illegal to do that?).
July 6, 2007 7:32:35 AM

Meant to all posting spoilers in this or other topics. The preferred way of posting spoilers is like this:

Spoiler
In this way you will only read the spoiler if you really want to read it.


If you want to see the actual text I typed in, just click on it. It is the 5th option from the left of the editor buttons.

Hope this helps. Let me know if you appreciate this being stickied.
July 6, 2007 11:36:42 PM

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sprinkled with a surprising amount of comedy.


That concerns me. It truly does.

I rarely find the action-comedy formula to be a winner. The jokes are often beyond lame to me.
July 6, 2007 11:44:56 PM

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sprinkled with a surprising amount of comedy.


That concerns me. It truly does.

I rarely find the action-comedy formula to be a winner. The jokes are often beyond lame to me.
Don't let it keep you from seeing the movie, the actions is insane.
July 7, 2007 1:03:51 AM

I saw the movie today, and I must have missed it; when and how was Starscream destroyed?
July 7, 2007 1:59:18 AM

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I saw the movie today, and I must have missed it; when and how was Starscream destroyed?

He wasn't destroyed. He flies out of earth's atmosphere at the end, that's how more decepticons will know to come to earth to fight the autobots so they can make a second movie.
July 7, 2007 5:30:15 PM

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I saw the movie today, and I must have missed it; when and how was Starscream destroyed?

He wasn't destroyed. He flies out of earth's atmosphere at the end, that's how more decepticons will know to come to earth to fight the autobots so they can make a second movie.Thanks. :) 
July 10, 2007 4:35:46 PM

tipoo said:
hey Aielman is your name a refrence to The Wheel of Time by any chance?


It was, once upon a time, before I got sick of the series in book 4.

Now it's just a game handle that I've been using since EQ first came out and any other name I could think of was taken, heh.

July 11, 2007 2:13:17 PM

This movie was "okay" and nothing more. I'm sick of movies (and video games for that matter) that think having great graphical effects can compensate for a wussy storyline. This could be been SOOO much better.

Side note... One thing that bothered me was the fact that the Autobots were freaking wimps (especially Optimus Prime.) Whenever they hit a decepticon, it's shoulder would fall back a little, but whenever a decepticon hit an autobot, they went flying across the city.
July 11, 2007 3:20:04 PM

Great movie, I saw it yesterday and was a little worried at first that it would just be dumb, but it turned out great lots of giant robot fighting action.
July 12, 2007 6:32:51 PM

I would rate it at maybe about a 5 or 6 out of 10.

It was not the best, but worth seeing. A lot of little things do get in teh way, as mentioned (such as the all-spark bots being psycho. Maybe it would have been better if the all-spark only produced an image of the personality of whoever was weilding it. So if Megatron was holding it, you get an evil guy, Optimus, good, or that giant machine in teh dam, (no personality) would produce the insane bots).

The voicelessness of BB was a little silly. There was too much that could heal him and I would have liked to hear a bit more from him. I liked the music references they used when he was in car form ("Baby come back"), but it was confusing when he was trying to talk through them.

One thing, what did you think of Optimus's face? I thought they tried very hard to make it more human than the cartoon (no mask/filter/whatever), but I think they may have gone too far. I kind of liked Megatrons face, but many of the others were kind of hard to see as semi-human (anthropomorphic). I think Bumblebee was my favorite model for body and head and I am glad they did not make him a wuss like in the cartoon.

If you like action, SE, sci-fi, and a bit of humor go see it. If you grew up on them and loved them, pay full price.

then make your decision on whether or not you want to see it again, or wait for the dvd.
July 18, 2007 11:02:38 PM

meh,

I saw it for free at a preview event.

I wasn't really impressed. The story wasn't all that great, and there were some inconsistencies that I won't get into since it may spoil things for those who haven't seen it yet.

Like most movies, it relies on special effects to carry the movie.

Glad I saw it for free, 'cause I wouldn't have paid the $11 for the ticket.
July 27, 2007 6:50:50 AM

TRANSFORMERS IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!! Friggin amazing. Kept me on edge and smiling throughout the whole movie.

Oh and Megan Fox is such a FOX!!!!! She's FIIIINEEEEEEEE. I want her.
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