Film Review: Transformers

My toys when I had a single digit age were Transformers, I saw the amazing animated movie at the cinema and even dressed up as Optimus Prime for a Halloween. As such in my teenage years I daydreamed what a live action film would be like, drawing on conclusions from what I’d seen in the cinema that week, be it The Matrix, or Episode 1. As years passed I grew more and more doubtful anyone from my generation would write a screenplay to get it directed and produced. Now its 2007 and my extremely high expectations have just about been reached.

Whilst I didn’t expect blocky robots with grotesque transformations I never imagined that the Autobots and Decepticons would be depicted so authentically. All the internal parts of the vehicle modes are visible in the humanoid form which is absolutely breathtaking, I don’t care how much it cost to render all the frames at 38 hours each it was worth every penny. However, now that the initial thrill is over I bet in the sequel (and there blatantly has to be one) there are more panels covering the mechanical organs, probably ret-con’d in as armour now that they are warring again.

Showed me something uncommon then, and a rarity now; for once the good guys didn’t always win outright at the conclusion of that weeks episode but they did eventually triumph in that particular story arch which meant that anything could happen and kept me guessing each week and inspiring me to work it out with my toys. With the eighties show being so iconic I assumed that the film might do the same, whilst the tale didn’t regale me as a beloved intrepid leader falling at the hands of the enemy the special effects did, something progressively harder in these insensitive times.

As for the toys, I owned Optimus Prime, both the original version and the Power Master version. I did not have Megatron, which is easily forgiveable because his alt mode was a pistol and given one of them to a kid is not something I would be entirely happy with today, toys guns should look like toys, plastic and brightly coloured. Maybe I’m being to PC but there are many parents not being protective enough out there and others being too much, if I fall into the ‘to much’ category on this issue so be it. Anyway, with the detail on the transformations being so high I’m interested to see how they engineer the newline of toys…

Hopefully you’ve kept reading to this point and as such I’ll not keep your attention much longer. This film whilst not entirely faithful to the animation that I loved so much is a fantastic watch. An entertaining story, great effects and superb performances.
Rating 96%

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Film Review: War of the Worlds

War Of The Worlds 2005 Film Poster

Another Tom Cruise film directed by Steven Speilberg, those that did enjoy Minority Report probably will enjoy this film; both exhibit fantastic special effects and good performances.

War of the Worlds brings two methods seldom used for protagonist movies to audiences, firstly we spend the majority of the film seeing the main character Ray Ferrier (Cruise) lead his family as fast as he can in the opposite direction to danger. Usually something expected of minor cast members, example in the film Independence Day where one of the main characters runs straight to his military base to help in the effort despite seeing everyone around him running to the hills. Whilst Ferrier’s behaviour adds to the suspense for roughly three quarters of the film there is the inevitable act of courage that is just enough to save the day and adds some hope to a seemingly dire situation.

The second which is held to rigidly we see everything the main cast see, on the one occasion when we might see a full blown military engagement with the enemy the main character charges to within meters of seeing the action in a vain attempt to stop his son going “unto the breach” and retreats to protect his youngest child and run for safety.

Whilst some scenes seem preposterous with the sheer volume of destruction shown its worth noting that such scenes are nothing short of what has been seen across the news in 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina. I think that the scenes are creative a giving you a full grasp of the situation and drawing you in.

A film worth watching if only once, this will likely be revered for a decade or so but I doubt that it will hold it’s weight as long as 1953 H.G. Wells counterpart.

Rating: 67%