Movies that are slightly off.
The Transformers: The Movie
One shall stand, one shall fall
It is the year 2005. The war between The Autobots and Decepticons has escalated all the way to Cybertron, which the Decepticons have reclaimed. The Autobots must now face an uncertain future. Megatron and a group of forsaken Decepticons have been reformed by the ultimate transformer, a planet-consuming demon known as Unicron, into even deadlier warriors. Now Galvatron, Scourge and Cyclonus must destroy the Autobot Matrix of Leadership for Unicron's glory or suffer the horrific destruction of Cybertron. However, Optimus Prime has decreed that an Autobot will rise from his rank and use the power of the Matrix to light the darkest hour of the Autobots.
It’s that time of year again - my annual viewing of Transformers: The Movie.
I Dare say I’ll always have the Hunger to watch this film. From the Autobot/Decepticon Battle to The Death of Optimus Prime, the film is brimming with indelible moments and it’s frankly impossible to Escape the brilliance of the movie or these giant Instruments of Destruction.
As much as Michael Bay has tried to permanently ruin The Transformers, for fans of the original Nothin’s Gonna Stand in Our Way. It’s a film that Dares to Be Stupid whilst still delivering exhilarating action, moments of heartbreak and an endless stream of quotable lines.
It’s still got The Touch.
Let me be clear, I know The Transformers: The Movie is not a five star film but to me, and a whole generation of men who grew up in the ‘80s, it very much is. Some may call it a cynical and money grabbing exercise used solely to sell a brand new line of action figures to gullible children, whereas others (i.e. me) would say it is an affectionate swansong to much loved characters and a galaxy spanning adventure of epic proportions.
The decision to kill off more than 50% of its original characters was undoubtedly driven by commercial gain yet it is still an incredibly bold and brave decision. As the backlash at the time proved, fans were not…
I'm having a very hard time reconciling my opinions on this movie with the fact that what I like most about it was born out of a clear attempt to sell more toys. Namely, the killing off of numerous well-known and loved characters. Despite any nefarious underpinnings, it is a ballsy move. And it’s a move I can almost forgive due to the fact that I was the perfect toy-buying age when this was released and ended up owning exactly zero of the characters from the movie. So suck on that, Hasbro.
Putting umbrage and nostalgia aside, The Transformers: The Movie is an incredibly entertaining film. The stakes are high, the pace never lets up, and the world-building is always…
unquestionably the primary tonal and structural influence on Bay's films, this is a whiplash inducing, excessively violent, metal-scored, hallucinatory narrative nightmare. if only those had this lightning fast 85-minute runtime. even the editing rhythms are the same, a blistering speed-run of wreckage with the "camera" careening from one graphic panel to the next. this beloved geek totem features any number of nonsensical narrative wild cards and cringe-inducing "comedic" interludes, like an impromptu dance sequence set to a Weird Al song, stuff that would be roundly comdemned today by nerds who insist that a 300 million dollar toy commercial take itself seriously.
Still functions as an incomprehensible technocratic pop art sugar rush, with healthy dollops of inexplicable kitsch in the form of really oddball dialogue ("I can't deal with that right now," "oh shit!"), a bizarre and relentless soundtrack ("You've Got The Touch," "Dare to Be Stupid"), and a voice cast of ringers that doubtlessly had no idea what the fuck they were saying (Robert Stack, Eric Idle, Orson Welles). Maybe it's a little easier to follow if you watched the show as a kid, but I kind of doubt it.
I will say that Welles as the Galactus/Ego The Living Planet hybrid Unicron is genuinely menacing, although that might have more to do with the sound engineers and the animators than his performance. And I like all the lasers.
Part of my Scavenger Hunt #2 list. Task:
22. A film based on a Comic Book!
I'm enjoying the vacation part of my trip to Serbia, and here, where we're staying for five days, there is internet... but no time to really use it.
Anyways, the whole family watched this movie a couple of evenings ago. I'd brought the computer and some DVD:s because of the forecast showing rain, rain and then some more rain. But we've had sunshine, sunshine and then some more sunshine. Well, I'd promised my kid to watch this, and I had promised my boyfriend that this was the best, or, the only good one even, Transformers movie.
I've wondered for some time now if I'm…
Unapologetic about my love for this movie. The soundtrack is killer, the voice work superb and the animation, well, the animation is little dated, especially when one considers all the amazing things people are doing with animation nowadays, but it still holds up for the most part. And I haven't even mentioned the awesome characters and the battle sequences.
Best when watched on a Sunday morning along with a bowl of cereal, which was just what I did. But seriously, even though there's little point in comparing it with Bay's films, the compositions are just as dense and at times needlessly overdetailed, and the carnage gets more brutal than maybe it should be. Even if the runtime is appropriate for the material, it does drag towards the third act, but that soundtrack and my love of Orson Welles helped immensely.
Finally got my hands on a Bluray copy of this slice of nostalgia! Looks awesome!!
Eat your heart out Micheal Bay, this is how you do it.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This movie has a crap ton of flaws, arguably being nothing more than a mere cash grab for merchandising, but I don't care. I absolutely unabashedly love it regardless. In some ways the flaws work, killing off your slew main characters early on only to have them be replaced by all new Transformers for the duration is definitely a risky move, buuut the new characters became iconic in their own right (Galvatron at least) so it worked out in the end. All in all I find this to be a perfect film to revisit and receive enjoyment from. Especially in comparison to the Transformers slime coming out these days, which I still find myself seeing in theaters as I haven't learned my lesson yet.
It's truly sad on the one hand that this movie is so superior to that thing Michael Bay decided to give us, but that is also a testiment to generation 1. Bay should have put some cheesy 80's music in his movies it would have been an improvement.
Set in 2005! The one with the Matrix of Leadership. Spike says shit. Destroy Matrix - familiar? Decepti-creeps!
A beautiful looking movie that provides an entirely meaningless experience.
I was born in 1992.
Giant robot movies.
How giant is giant?
Suggestions more than welcome!