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Movie Review: Transformers

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This is a movie that will make you glad you are a man. This is the quintessential action movie of summer, and Michael Bay, against terrific odds, delivers a fantastic and bombastic blockbuster with hundres of explosions, thousands of missiles and about 14 million rounds of ammunition. This is his best work yet.

After the lackluster Spider-Man 3 and Pirates 3 I was beginning to doubt there was going to be a great live-action film that really delivered this summer. The film we saw in the Arclight's THX-certified digital projection theater at a screening tonight - well, it literally rattled our seats and rocked the screen. And it's a whole lot funnier than you would expect, too.

Yes, there's a couple of funny groaner moments and it gets cliche and borderline cheesy in a scene or two. But don't let minor quabbles distract (even if the ending doesn't make total sense), this is a very enjoyable adventure.

The crowd was applauding when characters were introduced, laughing out loud at all the right parts and gasping when the fierce battles ensued. Industrial Light and Magic, the powerhouse of cutting edge visual effects, will wow you once again. Shia LaBeouf is great, the others are all somewhere around fine - but honestly who really cares about the humans - the robots steal the show.

This movie explodes on screen, and while it runs just a bit too long in the middle, everything is worth seeing - and maybe even seeing again. I left the theater smiling tonight - I'm still smiling as I type this. My buddy Taffy, a lifelong Transformers fan, won't be able to wipe that same expression off his face for a week. A


PS: Stay for the beginning of the credits. There's 3 extra scenes ... 2 interview style and 1 other cool tidbit I won't spoil here ...

posted by Joshua Griffin @ 12:53 AM |

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At 6/29/2007, Blogger Nick said...

That totally sucks that you've already seen it! =(

I guess thanks for the review (or was it a subtle way to brag?)

At 6/29/2007, Blogger Joshua Griffin said...

I wrote the review for TheForce.Net ... it is posted there too. Just thought it would be fun to have here, too.


At 6/29/2007, Blogger Nick said...

Just giving you a hard time...thanks for the heads up at the credits I usually jet so now I know to hang around!

At 6/29/2007, Blogger jwitt said...

Dude....great review....my excitement has been exponentially increased. Can you remember the last time you saw back-to-back 'A' range movies?

At 6/29/2007, Blogger Matthew McNutt said...

I'm so pumped for this movie ... I still watch the original episodes with my kids on dvd all the time. I have to say, though, nothing in it will shock me to the degree that I was shocked as a kid watching the original movie seeing Optimus Prime die. As well as pretty much every other transformer I knew and loved. I had no idea going into it they were going to kill 'em all off! : ) Very, very traumatic!

At 6/29/2007, Blogger matt said...

I just bought my fandango tickets for Monday... i haven't been this excited about a movie in a long time. Well, since Ep III anyways.

At 7/03/2007, Blogger Josh said...

I've seen some other reviews that mention the cussing in transformers. How bad was it actually for some high schoolers that want to see it, but don't want to compromise their values?

At 7/03/2007, Blogger Brent said...

I'm stoked. Taffy has not stopped talking about it.

At 7/03/2007, Blogger Joshua Griffin said...

Here's a clip from a site that counts cursing in movies:

Transformers contains an unexpectedly high volume of vulgarities, boasting about 10 s-words and four or more uses each of the words "h---," "a--" and "d--n." "M-----f---er" is cut off in mid shout twice. The insult "b--ch" shows up once. There are crude references to urination. And an older woman flips her middle finger to her adult son.

God's name is twice combined with "d--n." "Oh my god" is exclaimed about a dozen times.

So there you go.



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