Friday, July 06, 2007
Better Know A Movie: Transformers
Warning: this movie is about giant robots from outer space that transform into various vehicles and machines. It's also based on a line of toys from the 80's. If either one of those things bother you, please stop reading now!
While I'm firmly aware that Transformers is probably too low-brow for the lawyer Dudes (and honestly, The Dude probably helped make the toys when he was a kid and Head Dude probably made money selling them to other kids), I still have hope that Undude will love this movie. I've always considered myself the Committee's man of the people at any rate, and this is entertainment for the masses at its finest.
The setup is fairly similar to the 80's cartoon: the heroic Autobots and evil Decepticons have been waging a long war that eventually devastated their home world of Cybertron. Their attention has turned to Earth because the All-Spark, the one thing that can turn the tide of their war, crashed here years ago. Armed with ridiculous amounts of firepower and the ability to blend in by changing forms to mimic human technology, the next stage of their battle is about to begin here, much to the initial dismay of Sam Witwicky (Shia LaBeouf) - a descendant of the first human to make contact with the mechanical aliens.
That's really all you need to know, as this is not a film aiming for the Oscar crowd. It's a popcorn movie for the current generation, brimming with eye-popping visuals but unencumbered by the baggage that the summer's early big-money flicks (Spider-Man 3, Shrek 3, POTC: At World's End) brought to the table. It strikes just the right balance between action, suspense and humor, doesn't take itself too seriously, and even manages not to overplay the obligatory romantic subplot. And love him or hate him, director Michael Bay was born to helm this movie.
If you need to be entertained and don't mind giving your brain a little bit of a rest, go see this movie immediately, because there won't be another one that succeeds in the same way for a while.