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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…
The Prime Matrix!
I love this film! Great action, animation, and voice acting! This film's primary goal was to get rid of old characters to sell toys for new ones. Yet it succeeds at being a better movie than all of the Michael Bay films.
Transformers: The Movie is the cherry on top of one of the greatest 80's cartoons ever.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Saw the version with the voice over at the end promising Prime's return. So funny. They probably had to add that in after kids everywhere literally started burning their homes down when they killed Prime off.
This is what happens when you combine Citizen Kane, 80's Metal, The Breakfast Club and Rocky IV!!!!!
You're all either crazy or blinded by childhood nostalgia. This really isn't any better than those Michael Bay atrocities. I'm kind of relieved though, it means he didn't actually ruin anything. They're terrible films, but hardly treading on sacred ground.
slapdashed and barely coherent, the sound design is the best thing about the film as the rest is inconsequential, the toyetic approach betrays audience investment, nostalgic for some but taxing for everyone else
About the best one can hope for with a Transformers movie, at least from my POV. It also makes me really pine for a UNICRON movie. The concept of what Unicron is (aside from Orson Welles' voice) is incredible and I'd love to see it in a smart science fiction story; imagine Arthur C. Clarke's Unicron. I'm serious, it'd be something.
This is how a Transformers movie should be. More focus on the robots, less on the humans.
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