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TRANSFORMERS! Robots in Disguise!

Having been a fan of the old Transformers cartoon show many eons ago when I was but a young lad who was barely learning the ways of multiplication and division, I was quite excited when I heard that they were bringing it to the big screen months ago. Naturally I had my reservations because these sorts of movies generally don't turn out so well, but I couldn't help but get all giddy about seeing cars transform into giant robots that blow the crap out of each other.

And the verdict...?

Had an absolute blast watching it. The story was simple enough, and it was needlessly corny at times, making me want to tell Optimus Prime to shut the hell up with his preaching and whatnot, but it was a relentlessly intense, action-packed, absolutely entertaining 2 1/2 hours of explosions, explosions, and explosions. My blood was boiling during the first sequence when we got to see one of the Decepticons transform for the first time (not to mention the subsequent blowing up of everything in its path). Optimus Prime making his first appearance and showing off his ridiculously elaborate and awesome transformation was absolutely amazing. The many actions scenes were very well done and intense with explosions left and right. I couldn't help but watch with a giant grin on my face as the Transformers got a super, ultra, mega-fantabulous facelift from their prehistoric cartoon days.

Of course, the movie wasn't perfect. It has its laundry list of issues. The story wasn't particularly deep, and the characters not especially compelling (though they were pretty entertaining). I also got a huge kick out of GMC's ridiculously blunt and shameless advertising of its automobile lineup. However, it was all I could have really hoped for and expected. Cars transforming into super-awesome giant robots who blow the crap out of each other with gigantic guns. Sweet!

On another note, I had recently gone through and finished all of Monster, which was an absolutely outstanding show. It was quite the amazing and intense show, especially the final few episodes. It was my first round back into the world of anime after a fairly lengthy hiatus and was treated with quite the pleasant experience. Good stuff.

Comments

My family and I watched Transformers this past weekend. All of us enjoyed it very much *^_^*

I used to watch the cartoons way-back-when, so I was quite delighted with this movie. I didn't expect the movie to be perfect -- the transformation and blowing up of things were good enough for me.

I enjoyed seeing Optimus Prime, Megatron and Star Scream. Still, I was a bit disappointed that Megatron was a jet and not a blaster gun, but hey, a jet is most likely cooler than the latter. And Star Scream didn't have that annoying high pitched voice he had back in the cartoon.

Eh...Other than, I'd like to have seen more Transformers, but then it'll be too overwhelming and perhaps even distract from the story.

All in all, I liked the movie *^_^*

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