Tuesday, July 03, 2007

Transformers

Warning: Geeky substance ahead.Just watched Transformers.
Hmm. Movie about robots. Predictable. Shallow. Bad acting. What can I say?

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Omifarkinggawd!!! What a rush!!! KNNCCB, I'm still tachycardic, 20 mins after the show. Drove Veronica home like a freakin' maniac, like she was Bumblebee himself.
For those wonderful 2 hours 23 minutes, I was grinning ear to ear, excited beyond words. Like a teen watching his first X-rated movie. And I'm not even talking about the very foxy Megan Fox (yea, lame pun I know).
For the moment I'm going to forget I'm a 30-year old physician at an extremely academic institution.
And admit that I was the classic 80's Transformers fanatic. Till now, I swear to God, I know the words to the Transformers cartoon theme.
"Transformers. More than meets the eye. Autobots reach their travel to destroy the evil forces of, the Decepticons...."
I could go on.
I even teared up when Optimus Prime died in Transformers, the Movie (the cartoon movie, that is). Okay, fine, I didn't tear up; I fucking cried, ok? Happy??
I even had some of the toys.
Triggerhappy, Misfire, Jetfire. Though mom chucked my toys into the trash over a decade over, I remember how to transform the jets into robots. I still remember!! Every single step.

Back to the show.

As a movie, I didn't think it was anything special. Typical action movie. But as a movie adaptation of Transformers, now that was beautifully executed! It was amazing what the CG allowed them to do. Fast cars, planes, turning into robots, now what's not to like? The action and battle scenes were just out of this world.
Purists might condemn how Bumblebee became a Camaro instead of a VW Beetle, or how Starscream was a F-22 Raptor instead of an F-15, or how Megatron wasn't a gun. But hey, one has to move with the times, right? Though I don't remember Optimus Prime having that funky flames tattoo (that was Rodimus Prime).
The acting, though, was predictably crap. The Section 7 goon acted like he was some insane, incompetent moron. Who bore a striking resemblance to Seinfeld's Kramer. Megan Fox's acting, though I worship the ground she walks on, was as plastic as a Macy's window mannequin. Only Megan's prettier. And has bigger boobs. But still, this is probably the only time I'll say I watched a movie with a supermegahot babe not to see her, but to see computer-generated robots.
I thought the storyline was very predictable. And the script lame at times. Almost like they tried to hard to make some parts funny (Jazz talking in hip-hop lingo= not cute). And tried too hard to incorporate some of the classic cartoon quotes. Like 'More than meets the eye'.
There were the usual stereotypes too. Computer hacker is some weird-looking nerd/freak who knows not only how to hack into your blog, but also how to hotwire a 1980's computer into some radio from the Cold War era? I'm not sure if Wikipedia teaches you these things. Or hotbabe whose father was a 'car-person' (without spoiling the story for you readers) is able to start a borrowed car simply by tugging some wires and reconnecting them, in less than 3 seconds.
It was also interesting how every woman in the theater tonight came with a guy. Every single one of them. No females came voluntarily, on their own. Which was a reversal of 3 weeks ago when I watched 'Knocked Up' with Kristin and I noticed the cinema packed with females, and that the only males there came accompanying the females. Needless to say, most guys tonight were about my age, probably grew up on this cartoon too. And there was applause at the end of the movie.
My verdict? If you're a big, dumb guy like me who's girlfriend happens to be out of town, who likes cars, planes, robots and babes, and especially if you're a Transformers fan from my generation, go go go watch this movie. And enjoy every single millisecond of it!

10 Comments:

Blogger Stephanie said...

the good ole days of cartoons!my transformer coloring books! remember ultraman too? the guy who always run out of battery in battle? i got learn my first malay words from it.'raksaksa' that is.LOL

1:42 AM  
Blogger vagus said...

yup. i remember ultraman alright. and the reallyf aked monster costumes too. hah.

8:45 PM  
Blogger PurpLe~MuShRooM said...

I am Transformer cartoon fan! But i have not watch this recent blockbuster yet... waiting for the time when my hubby has time to watch with me.

7:28 AM  
Blogger Princess Taj said...

Um actually - I was the one that dragged the boyfriend with me! My first "best friends" were the two brothers that lived next door. That's when I picked up my love for Transformers!!!

I've yet to see Knocked Up.

Plus, I was one of the nerds that excitedly clapped when Optimus Prime finally showed up in the movie.

8:16 AM  
Blogger J said...

i'm really late in posting this but what the hell. i saw the movie for the second time last week and was still rolling out of there with a massive grin on my face. yeah, if you didn't grow up with it, it would seem like a dumb movie, but since i did, i was geeked as hell.

i saw it in new york and throughout the movie, people clapped and screamed everytime optimus prime did something. i was right here along with them.

oh, and i'd like to say, that i actually went to this movie by myself and i'm a girl, so there are some of us out there that are hardcore.

and as a final anecdote to my geekdom, i'd like to point out that last night i found out for the first time that i actually went to school with one of the actor who played the indian telephone operator. quite a suprise!

11:13 AM  
Anonymous sarahlouise said...

four of us girls went to see transformers last night. of our own free will, 2 of us were creaming over it the entire time, 1 wouldnt stop laughing at apprently how gay optimus was and the 4th thought it ace, just hought i'd point that out seeing as in your theater no girls went without their guys under free will

7:34 AM  
Blogger vagus said...

optimus looks gay??? arrrrghhh. sacrilege sacrilege!!!
heh.

8:05 AM  
Blogger Optimus Prime said...

It's "Autobots wage their battle to destroy the evil forces of the Decepticons."

9:20 AM  
Anonymous jack said...

Ive seen the movie it rocks!!!! and ive recently heard that micheal bay (director) has now sent the second scripts to print, that means there will be a number two. (oh yeah) Apparently he told the press in japan that if number two see's a big hit there could be a 3 4 and 5 thank god for nerds that do there research.

2:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Autobots wage their battle to destroy the evil forces of the Decepticons."

1:15 AM  

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