I thought it was about time I tackled the list. I've created plenty of top 100 genre compilations but I…
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…
This film has Nelson Shin written all over it. Classic Shin.
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.
2nd rewatch for Soundtrack Of Your Life 12, up now:
35mm screening at the Chattanooga Film Festival. So much fun, a kinetic explosion of childhood on the big screen with the crackles and pops that come with the snap of film.
I've watched this movie a couple of times a year since I was ten years old. There are so many emotions involved with this movie for me. Which is probably a strange thing to say about a cartoon featuring robots that turn into cars and such.
It was a game changer to say the least. The tv show had been on for a few seasons and of course the excitement to see this was high for a little kid. This movie was NOTHING like the show. I'm not even sure it should have been seen by children when I look back on it. Although the show got another season after this, I consider Transformers the Movie to be the last…
Nostalgia and Weird Al are not enough to hold a movie up.
Multiple deaths, Orsen Welles' final role, hypocritical trials, dancing to Weird Al, and more Dinobot action than the entirety of Age of Extinction.
I had fun.
Michael Bay's films were no better than this, but kids will love it.
Still better than any of the Michael Bay movies, and this movie is pretty messy. But damn it if I don't love it with all my heart.
"You've got the touch"
No, this movie is not 5-star material. Yes, I'm being biased. But that what nostalgia does to you, man. I mean come on, everyone who watched the cartoons and this movie-in that order-as a kid will give it a 5-star rating.
P.S. Orson Welles+Stan Bush=Awesome
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