Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Transformers Premiere

Last night at 12:01 am Sandy and I went to see Transformers at the Arclight in Hollywood. This was definitely the place to see it, as they had the vehicles from the movie parked outside. I took Sandy's picture with Bumblebee, and she took mine with Optimus Prime. This was worth the $22 right there.

We saw the movie in their dome theater, which seats 800, and was sold out. The crowd didn't seem all that excited when we started, but once the movie started there was cheering and laughing as much as one would expect from a midnight showing.

I have mixed feelings about the movie. When I first started hearing news about it, I was pretty skeptical. I didn't really care for the new character designs (and still don't), and I really didn't like Armageddon. But then they announced that Peter Cullin would be voicing Optimus Prime again, which is a brilliant move that I wouldn't have expected of them. So I remained cautiously optimistic.

Then the people who saw an advance screening started reporting that it was pretty good. They said that it was a good action movie, but that there wasn't much plot or character development. After hearing that, I didn't know what to think. I wanted it to be good, and tried to expect it to be bad, but I was also expecting it to be good.

Now that I've seen it, I'm still not sure what to think. Sandy loved it, but I'm not so sure. It was missing a lot of what made Transformers really great back in the day, though I can't tell you quite what that is. But it also had some pretty cool stuff, and all the characters were pretty likable. There was a number of cliched characters, but they weren't a major part of the movie, and the cliched parts seemed to be over by the time you've had enough. The characters were often funny, and everyone seemed to be excited to be in the movie and trying their best. I really liked how the army soldiers acted as a team, calling in air support instead of taking the Decepticons on single-handedly. They actually portrayed the army as powerful- sure, a Decepticon can decimate an unsuspecting base, but the army can fight back. They don't necessarily need to rely on the Autobots to save them.

There's definately good mixed in with bad, but when I think about it, the original movie wasn't perfect either- it had more than its fair share of lame situations (the fight with the Junkions set to "Dare to Be Stupid" comes to mind). When I left this movie, I wasn't all that enthralled with it, but with more distance I come to look upon it more fondly. If nothing else, it should serve to justify a sequel, which may realize all I hoped for.

Transformers (2007): 4/5

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