It doesn't seem like anyone actually went to see it yet... I guess we're waiting for a verdict, but there must be a few hardcore Transformers fans that were all over it. It's pulling a 59% on rotten tomatoes, which isn't great but I guess it's on par for a summer blockbuster. But if you read the reviews, the positive ones basically rated it solely on its action and the negative ones criticized the acting, plot and character development. I don't know if anyone really expected any of that though given that it's the "big" summer movie and the director is Michael Bay. As long as it's not a 3 hour suckfest that was Pearl Harbor, and the action is top notch, I'd probably want to catch it on the big screen and then just forget about it forever... like I did with Independence Day.
If you're a battery, you're either working or you're dead....
I saw and let's face it, Michael Bay has always been a piss poor director when it comes to plot, acting, and any character development. For example, they try to introduce some background info on Josh Duhamel trying to put in some emotion but nothing happens with the background, absolutely nothing. In fact, after seeing the movie the first time, I did not remember any human character's name except Sam because they were just that darn forgettable.
But knowing Bay's past, you know he relies way too much on special effects but he usually gets it right combining them with action, excitement and explosions. Yeah, some of the special effects were used a lot and they were annoying to me. If you're amped up for an action movie blockbuster, this is it, but don't expect some kind of summer epic. I watched the movie as a download and in the theater. It is definitely worth paying the $7-10 to see the movie on the big screen with better picture quality and premier sound. Of course of you have a good sound system at home, you could buy it on DVD but this isn't exactly the movie you sit and watch multiple times to equal the cost of movie tickets.
I saw it the other night and enjoyed it. I didn't expect it to have a coherent story and multi-layered characters, but was initially concerned that it would be an absolute bust such as Godzilla in 1998, which I thought was going to be a life-changing experience. At times, it seemed like the Autobot and Decepticon characters had taken a backseat to the human characters (figures because it's Michael Bay we're talking about) one too many times with no real development, but the CGI sequences and battles made up for it. Fun to watch if you don't take it seriously, as the movie itself surely doesn't, which is a good thing and a bad thing (which means they should emphasize more on the Transformers instead). I'd say Transformers is better than Spiderman 3 and POTC At World's End, but would have to say Live Free or Die Hard is the best action blockbuster to come out in some time.
Apparently, Transformers will be extended into a trilogy, as the end seems to tease at it...predictably.
There were a lot of things wrong with the movie...the acting wasn't that good, the plot was flaky, there were a lot of useless characters, John Turturro was wasted in the movie, etc. But, I still really enjoyed the movie. Just a big, fun summer movie, heavy on the nostalgia. Definitely see it in the theatre...besides the big sound and picture, the crowd really gets into it. They went nuts when the red and blue semi came into the frame. High on the awesomeness factor. Releases your inner dork.
I grew up after Transformers was popular and, as a result, never got into it. Is there anyone else here that was never a huge fan of Transformers but liked the movie? I'm hesitating on going to watch it.