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.
"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
Pure 80's gold. An action space adventure with grit, emotion and tons of gnarly explosions in both sequences and story.
The voice cast is great. In particular Optimus Prime, Hot Rod, Megatron, Starscream, Galvatron and Kup. I love the voice that Orson Welles brings with Unicron but the character itself while having a dark and fantastic opening has a lame sendoff that leaves the character that was once an unstoppable planet devouring transformer to a piece of scrap metal that is easily taken down before anything interesting could happen with the character and his relationship with the Decepticons. I love the idea that so much death happens in this movie, especially to one major character and you have a sense…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
The year is 2005 and the treacherous Decepticons have conquered the Autobot's home planet of Cybertron.
Oh yes, this is a guilty pleasure from the mid-eighties. I remember it fondly, August of 1986 going to this movie with a group of friends and being awestruck and shocked at its scope and destruction of characters. At least 7 G1 Autobots are clearly killed and 6 G1 Deceptions are transformed into new villians. The animation was great compared to the show and that was nice to see that they actually spent some time on this. Please release this bad boy on DVD again. Preferrably Bluray with some cool special features. I missed it last time it came out and everyone wants to much money for it. I have to watch a tape copy. I am sure I am missing out.
I never watched the cartoon as a kid, but this movie requires no introduction. It is endlessly, utterly delightful from beginning to end, and everyone should see it.
Outside of a couple of Beast Wars episodes, this is my first experience with any form of Transformers media. So going into this all I knew was that the truck robot died and that The Touch featured prominently. I ended up being quite impressed by the actual quality of animation and matte paintings. The actual film, though fun at times, can be incredibly dull and out right annoying. Any screen time devoted to Wheelie and the Eric Idle robot is nearly enough to justify the eradication of all copies of this film. That said, I really do like the Hot Rod and Kup being stranded on the Darius planet sequences. Would have been fine with a whole movie on that planet.
Anime quality in terms of production. Fun soundtrack by Vince DiCola. Story? What story? The last 40 or so minutes were a blur. Only finished this so I could listen to Film Junk's 80's Toy Franchise podcast.
The colors and animation are beautiful.
I mean, that's really the only positive thing I have to say and I don't feel that crapping on the dreams of now-35-year-old men is really a nice thing to do, so I'll keep my mouth shut.
Beautifully animated and well voice acted, this well oiled autonomous machine transforms a Hasbro toy line into one of the best animated films of the 80's and continues to make childhoods more awesome.
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