After being late to the Transformers movie, I'll share my thoughts on Out of all the summer movies, this was the one I was most looking forward to. For longtime Transformers fans, there are plenty of references to the original series.
What makes transformers so refreshing is that it keeps itself fun and simple, when most other blockbusters these days go on a plot overload which keeps the audience stuggling to keep up. The plot is paper-thin, but it works here. An average high school student Sam Witwicky and his love interest Mikaela get caught up in the war between the autobots and the decepticons.
The Autobots are characterized very well. Each Autobot is given their own personality and traits with Optimus Prime being the noble leader, Ironhide being the commando rolling weapons nut, Ratchet being the cautious medic, Jazz being the wise cracking comic relief and Bumblebee, while not being able to talk shows a lot of humanity.
But the plot and characterizations are not what most of you are going to see this movie for, which is the giant robots knocking seven bells out of each other and in that respect the film does not disappoint. The transformers themselves look amazing (regardless of what you may think of the new designs) and have many various moving parts and seamlessly blend in with the rest of the movie. We have to hand it to Michael Bay. Really, his effects team is outstanding and Transformers has hands-down some of the most convincing GC effects we've seen. You will believe a robot can fly.
Sequences involving big things beating the stuffing out of each other is nothing new to cinema - but up to this point, there hasn't been another film that has convincingly nailed robot physics. We're talking about mammoth, supremely heavy objects here, and ILM inject tremendous physical presence into the Transformers. Regardless of your opinion on Optimus' flame decals, we think you'll be so floored by watching him carefully lift Shia up on his hands, or watching as his roadtrain cab transforms as he tears down the highway, that you'll let trivial fan-details slide.
There's just something in watching cars get flipped and rolled like dominos at the hands of a Decepticon that few other action sequences can ever really come close to matching.
Also impressive is Bay's insistence to include genuine stunts and set-pieces, rather than falling back, George Lucas-**** on entirely CG explosions, humans and environments. One scene, involving a bus that gets sheared in half before exploding in a shower of debris, demonstrates Transformers at its best - some of the most visceral and satisfying action we've seen in a long time. I'll also like to point out that (in my opinion) the humor great here, I was laughing so hard during the movie. This is definitely Michael Bay's finest movie yet and my favorite movie of all time.