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, without Optimus Prime after a conflict on Earth takes his life, must now face a destiny they know nothing of. 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. With Hot Rod facing responsibility for Prime's death, he feels he may be able to use the power of the Matrix to turn the tide of the Cybertronian Wars and stop Unicron. Until all are one, the future of the Autobots and Decepticons is uncertain.
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…
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.
A robot tyrannosaurus that speaks with the grammar and cadence of Tarzan attacking a giant Orson Welles voiced planet-robot's butt is not the strangest thing that happens in Transformers: The Movie. In the past month I've re-watched both Boxer's Omen and Zu Warriors of Magic Mountain, and this is as weird, relentless, and unknowable as either of those, with a wildly incongruous pop soundtrack to boot.
It is not only a film about giant transforming robots, it is a snapshot of the 80s. An action orientated, violent science fiction film with a pounding soundtrack from Stan Bush.
The franchise has never surpassed this moment. Everything works from the plot to the world building. The animation has dated, but the Japanese style suits the whole concept.
Filled with memorable one-liners, an emotional death and brutal robot violence, Transformers: The Movie entertains as much as other 80s action films.
For a small generation of kids, Transformers: The Movie was every bit as important and Star Wars was to their older siblings. In terms of raw spectacle it was a mind-blowing trifle of 80’s hair metal and futuristic-looking robots from the year 2005, featuring giant squids, transforming cities, planets devouring other planets, and the death of the Autobots’ heroic leader Optimus Prime – an audacious move that caused kids to cry for hours. Sure, it was simply the result of toy manufacturer Hasbro doing a little spring cleaning so that they could unleash a new line of toys, and sure the whole endeavour is constructed with as much TLC as you might find in the average episode of the Jeremy Kyle Show, but none of that mattered to the slack-jawed 8 year olds watching the relentless slaughter. If you were one of them, this is probably still one of your favourite films.
"You've got the touch!"
Me, Grimlock, no bozo! Me King!
One giant commercial to introduce the new toyline is one of my favorite animated movies. It's just a fun time and nostalgia takes over. Plus Orson Wells as Unicron is still one of the best villain voices in my movie experiences.
After watching Transformers: The Movie for the second time in the last 6 months, I somehow managed to have even more fun with it this time than last time. In my original review I gave it 3.5 stars, but this time I've decided to bump it up a whole star. This film is just great. Nothing but pure campy 80's fun.
Check out my original review: letterboxd.com/mvanrossum/film/transformers-the-movie/
This is one of those films I don't have to watch anymore, I've seen it so many times I can play the whole thing out in my head, dialogue, music, sound effects and all.
My favorite animated film of all time. Transformers: The Movie will always have a huge place in my heart no matter how old I get.
I did not grow up loving the Transformers cartoon, however, I watch this every year as a part of a tradition with my Fiance on his birthday. Therefore, it has become very dear to me. It really is a great animated movie with an awesome soundtrack. Grimlock is so cute no matter how much he insists he's not.
I'm reviewing this film because it is a huge part of my childhood and a major trigger of nostalgia for me. I don't know how old I was when I saw this movie for the first time, but before I was ten years old I'd probably seen it dozens of times. I just watched it again for the first time in probably 10 years, and as my roommate put it, I was "eaten by nostalgia."
Ultimately, this is a children's movie, and a children's movie from the 80's no less. More than anything else, this film is campy as fuck. I don't know how else to put it. The script is cheesy, the voice acting is silly and even mildly…
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