Before Michael Bay directed the 2007 live action film, an animated film with the same name was released in 1986 as the first ever Transformers related film.
Now that the fifth entry is out, I’ve decided to review all of the films that were released before I go see The Last Knight. Check out my non-spoiler article for the 1986 version of Transformers.
After five years of develop since 2003, filmmaker Steven Spielberg who’s a fan of the franchise, signed on board to produce the film, he even managed to persuade his protege Michael Bay to give him the opportunity to direct this picture.
The live action adaptation came out in 2007. It became a commercial success, however the film received mixed reviews from critics.
The Fanboys/Fangirls nearly lost this sanity (not in a bad way) when they first witnessed the teaser trailer. They had to make sure to mark their calendars in order to be the first in line to see it.
Fun Fact: Michael Bay has a cameo as a bystander with Megatron literally flicking him like a bug.
Positive: The Opening Scene felt strong, setting up the plot.
Visual Effects are superb. The C.G.I. wasn’t fake.
The Sound Effect from the cartoon when they robots transform is in the movie.
Action Sequences got my testosterone levels off the chart.
Acting Performances from Peter Cullen, Hugo Weaving, Josh Duhamel, Tyrese Gibson, Jon Voight, John Turturro, and Anthony Anderson.
An Extra mentions Michael Bay’s film Armageddon and another major character references Freddy Krueger, Bay also went on to produce the remake of Nightmare On Elm Street.
Linkin Park (one of my favorite bands) contributed to film with their song “What I’ve Done.” Bonus Points for Mike Shinoda’s song “Second To None” is also played in one scene.
Optimus Prime said the words, “One Shall Stand, One Shall Fall.” Which is a line from the 1986 version of Transformers.
One of the funniest parts of the film, is when John Turturro’s character, Agent Simmons gets a “free shower.” If you’ve seen the whole movie, you’ll understand what I’m talking about.
The Big Battle with The Autobots & The Decepticons got me satisfied.
Negative: Megan Fox’s performance was like a fembot without expressing any of her emotions. The reason why Michael Bay hired her was just the give the boys instant puberty. Arcee has more human expressions than her. Fox however, does have her moments during fight scenes.
The Chemistry between Shia LeBeouf & Megan Fox felt unnecessary.
Besides Michael Bay’s fetish for explosions, he also has a thing for Product Placement, or as I call it Pee Pee for short.
Sam’s annoying parents mentioned one thing that has something to do with parents giving their kid “the talk.” I have one thing to say, Transformers is supposed to be based on toys for kids and the cartoon was made specifically for children!
One of my favorite characters from the franchise is killed onscreen.
The Final Verdict: B
Despite the flaws, I think this is the best one in the live action series. I enjoyed the action, the tone was this close to a Tom Clancy novel with the military and government elements. I would’ve given it a higher grade if it weren’t for the annoying parents, Megan Fox, and the stiff romance.
The future was looking so bright for the franchise, until sequel after sequel, it went on to become a miscalculation in terms of plot holes, frat boy humor, and the forced romance.
Dreamworks & Paramount, if you’re reading this, learn from your mistakes.