More than meets the eye

AutobotsI went with a couple buddies to see the Transformers this afternoon — WOW!

I’m sure I was in the majority of kids who grew up in the eighties, fearing the worst. Michael Bay making a movie about one of my favorite childhood memories? Transformers weren’t simply a cartoon and a bunch of toys — they were my life for a long time. I spent countless hours assembling my Constructicons into Devastator so he could wreak havoc on GI Joe’s HQ (what I lacked in actual Transformer toys, I made up with imagination. And GI Joes). This was not a flash in the pan! This was important stuff, not to be trifled with by someone who thought Ben Affleck would make a great star opposite Bruce Willis. I half-expected the movie to stink like so much garbage.

On the other hand, I am a total sucker for summer blockbusters where a whole bunch of stuff gets blown up. I’m not ashamed to admit I like most of Armageddon or Independence Day. But I was nervous.

Well, I am nervous no more! Transformers was seven kinds of awesome. It has its cheesy moments, sure, and I could have done without some of the characters, but the first time the phrase “more than meets the eye” was uttered, the theater was electric. Chills, I tell you. It was non-stop trash-kicking from there on out. I didn’t even care Megatron wasn’t a gun! It was everything the ten-year-old in me could have hoped for.

Huge thumb, way up!


  1. Well, I also agree that the Transformers movie was top notch, being a huge Transformers fan, myself.

    FWIW, Megatron has been an alien plane thing for several incarnations of the Japanese Transformers series, so I guess I’m kind of used to it. What was a pleasant surprise in this movie was seeing him combine his arms into a huge cannon and blasting Prime into next week. So, he still has a significant portion of his anatomy dedicated to devastating firepower. Think Galvatron.

  2. Jeremiah Sharpe says

    I have to say I took my 5 year old son to see it today and we are both still pretending we are TRANSFORMERS. He of coarse is Optimus Prime. I have to say I loved the loyalty of Bumblebee so I am of coarse Bumblebee…….in our pretend world we have decided Tony is MEGATRON of coarse.

    I think it may have been the best movie I have ever seen.

    Seriously, it was everything I had hoped for and much more. I cried and I laughed and the action seens were unbelievable.

    I cant wait for the sequel. I know I will have to wait a few years but a countdown ticker somewhere should help me with my anticipation.

  3. Finster – I was not aware of the other incarnations of Megatron. I still prefer the version I grew up with, but can concede that they still kept in the source material.

    Jeremiah – I’m not ready to say it was the best movie ever, but definitely the best I’ve seen in a while. The new Bourne movie may surpass it later this summer, but for now, Transformers rules the roost.

  4. Dark Reyule says

    Now all we need is a Voltron movie in the same vein, best 80’s cartoon ever!

  5. DR – A voltron movie? If they could do it right (i.e. a la The Transformers) then I could die a happy man. I do love me Voltron.

  6. Dark Reyule says

    Princess Allura = Te3 Jessica Albazorz!!!11!!111oneonelevenone!!1 🙂

  7. I’m not really keen on watching the film. I don’t want to sully my memories of the cartoon with the live action version.

    No Soundwave? No way. Bumblebee as a Camaro? No way.

  8. Brin – Before I went to the movie, I surfed Transformers cartoon clips on YouTube, and I was actually sad to watch those. They didn’t age very well. Especially soundwave and his cassette tapes 🙂

    But I can see where you’re coming from. Seeing Optimus Prime was worth the risk!


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