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Jun 29, 01:16 PM · from the mouth of Jake

So far I’ve been hearing mixed results about Transformers. Most negative reviews are faulting it simply for director Michael Bay. The usual gripes about him, crappy storyline but awesome action. But so far even more critics are being positive about it. I guess we’ll see how it fares over the next week.

I’m actually more excited than before because my personal movie critic has given it an enthusiastic thumbs up. Too bad we have to wait till next week to see the darn thing.

This post is specifically to receive all the GoofyGuys reactions to the film. Try not to wait too long to see it. ;)


Is it more than meets the eye? [14]

  1. Tyler responds with:

    Although I was never a big fan of Transformers, I do look forward to see this movie. However, with the new baby and all, I’ll probably have to wait till it’s on DVD.

    One movie I am really enthusiastic about seeing is Ratatouille, partly because I usually love all things Pixar, and partly because I love to cook. The New York Times gave it a fantastic review, calling it “a nearly flawless piece of popular art.” Not too shabby…

    · Jun 29, 02:18 PM
  2. Jimmy's Girlie Saree responds with:

    Yeah, this year has been a great movie year… but our wallets are hurting from seeing all of these great movies!

    Of course we had to see these in the theater:
    -Spiderman 3
    -Shrek 3
    -Pirates 3

    And now we still have to see:
    -Harry Potter
    -something else I’m forgetting I’m sure…

    Ty: I too I think am most stoked for Ratatouille. Pixar has never let me down, and I own every single one of their movies! “Cars” was so fantastic I can’t wait to see what they did this time. I love how all of their stories are so original, too!

    But yes, Jake, I’m excited for Transformers… I tried not to be, because my brother and I have a deep-running childhood rivalry leftover in which I am supposed to hate all things transformers… but, I’m over it ;o)
    (He watched that cartoon movie WAY too many times, and I got sick of it, if you’re wondering what that’s about. Try every day every summer for six years…)

    So, we will post when we see it!

    · Jun 29, 02:27 PM
  3. Andy responds with:

    In my search for Transformers reviews, I ran across that same review of Ratatouille and just finished reading it. A. O. Scott NEVER lavishes so much unqualified praise on a movie, so it must be good!

    I’ll be seeing Transformers hopefully next Thursday with some geeky band friends. I’ll post my reactions as soon as I can!

    · Jun 29, 02:27 PM
  4. Iak responds with:

    I have to concur on Ratatouille. I want to see it too. There are too many movies this summer that, like Spiderman, grab enough attention to go see them even if they aren’t as good as other movies. It’s hard to filter everything out.

    · Jun 29, 04:45 PM
  5. Iak responds with:

    Programming note: I’ve updated the article with a link to Kate’s review.

    · Jul 2, 01:33 PM
  6. Iak responds with:

    I found this interesting costume someone made. It’s related. :)

    · Jul 3, 12:34 PM
  7. Tyler responds with:

    Holy crap, that costume is amazing!!

    · Jul 3, 01:48 PM
  8. Andy responds with:

    OK, I finally saw it yesterday. Amazing! The visual effects were the best I’ve seen yet. And despite what the NY Times said, I was actually pretty pleased with the acting. Shia LeBoeuf (that’s French for “the beef”) really held the movie together, and except for a few cheesy things that he had to say (“There’s more to you than meets the eye” – ha!) I thought he was very natural and believable. John Turturro was also excellent. And overall I was very happy with how they treated each of the Transformer characters – there was a strong component of their original cartoon/action figure personalities in each of them along with some tasteful modernization.

    Not so tasteful, in my opinion, was the use of GMC cars for so many of them. I’m a fuel efficiency nut, and I was very sad to see that Ironhide and Ratchet were both basically Hummers! Seriously, Ratchet, the Autobot medic, was a Hummer ambulance – how can he expect to save the planet from the Decepticons, or heal even one other Autobot, if he only gets 5 miles to the gallon!? I’m sure there was a product placement deal in there – I just hope they get Honda or Toyota to sponsor the sequel.

    My only other gripe is that I would have liked to see more of the Transformers themselves. There was just too much human talk and too little straight up Transformers action. For example, Megatron and Starscream only argued once in the whole movie – that hardly does justice to their rivalry that was one of the cornerstones of the original series. I hope they spend more time developing the Transformers’ personalities and interpersonal (interrobotic?) dynamics in the sequel.

    And yes, there definitely will be a sequel. Who wants to go? =)

    · Jul 5, 01:23 PM
  9. Tyler responds with:

    Nice review Andy. I must admit, I’m more interested in seeing it now.

    You might be interested in this article on NPR about SPAM, (the food, not the e-mail.)

    I’ve been planning on providing a Kieran update, just haven’t gotten around to it yet. Hopefully this weekend….

    · Jul 6, 05:44 PM
  10. Iak responds with:

    Just got back from the movie. It was brilliant. Pretty much I can’t add too much more than Andy or Kate. Other than Pete and I giving it two big thumbs up of course.

    It’s obviously a different movie than something like Ratatouille but I think compared to the other big blockbusters of the summer so far Transformers wins. Insert joke of Optimus defeating other movie heroes from the summer here.

    I thought Shia (where’s the beef) did a good job too, especially all his fast talking. :) What can I say, Michael Bay didn’t screw this up.

    · Jul 6, 07:01 PM
  11. Jimmy's Girlie Saree responds with:

    My pseudo-brother Brandon went and gave it rave reviews as well. Jim and I will try to go see it sometime in the next few weeks :)

    · Jul 6, 07:18 PM
  12. Iak responds with:

    Pete and I went again last night with Ron (Soja). He didn’t have anyone to see it with so we figured, why the heck not? Pete noticed something that I was curious some other opinions about. In the final battle, is Starscream’s disappearance after he beats on the fighter jets intentional? Blackout comes to help out and is beaten. But Starscream seems to cut and run when Megatron needs him most. It just seemed logical it was intentional.

    Also, I made an attempt to locate some of the discrepancies listed in IMDB. But the ones I looked for I didn’t see. Not saying there aren’t screw ups. I was just wondering if anyone noticed any of that stuff.

    · Jul 11, 11:43 AM
  13. Tyler responds with:

    Okay so I finally saw Transformers last night! Despite the fact that I wasn’t into Transformers at all as a kid, I really enjoyed the movie. I knew I had to see it when my 60 year old Aunt said it was good!

    I thought the big battle in the city towards the end was a LITTLE long and drawn out and almost TOO action packed (i.e. There was SO much destruction and action that I had trouble following it.)

    But all in all, very good and very entertaining.

    I don’t know if they’re planning a sequel, but they certainly set it up to be able to have one.

    · Oct 23, 10:56 AM
  14. Iak responds with:

    Somewhat related. At least to Transformers. :) The new game Assassin’s Creed (which looks like fun so I’m glad Pete plans on getting it) has a little easter egg of old school Optimus. Pay attention to the shape of the “windowsill” the character is hanging from. :) It’s under debate whether it’s intentional or not.

    · Nov 21, 12:01 PM
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