?

Log in

Upon watching Transformers at the $3.50 theatre while eating a $3.75 bag of popcorn - skooshje
Links | Friends people / arguments / orgasms / comics Elsewhere MetaFilter / CD Reviews.com / outgoing rss feed June 2011
 
 
 
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
 
 
Wed, Sep. 19th, 2007 12:52 am
Upon watching Transformers at the $3.50 theatre while eating a $3.75 bag of popcorn

This film is 80-90% about the visuals, and it delivers.  There was never a point where I thought, "That robot looks fake."  We all have ILM to thank for that.  Another triumph! 

Megan Fox looks like a hottie, but couldn't act her way out of a paper bag.  Does this woman have no inner life at all? Granted, performing with imaginary robots against a greenscreen raises certain challenges, but nothing any actor with a little stage training hasn't dabbled in already.  The final make-out scenes between her and LeBeouf in the concluding montage wasn't doing it for me; I suspect it's because I just can't fantasize about a piece of wood, no matter how curvaceous it is. 

Shia LeBeouf was surprisingly great in this.  He is the leading man, comic relief, and he convincingly plays a sympathetic human being.  All with a straight face.  Looks like he'll be in the next Indiana Jones movie.  He's going places, and I say right on. 

Jon Voight and John Turturro totally ham it up.  Turturro, in particular, apparently just sat in his trailer, said, "Fuck it," and turned it up to 11.  Maybe that's because the plot holes and nonsequiturs are big enough to drive a tractor trailer/giant robot through?  At a certain point, you just have to say fuck it, turn it up to 11, and just have fun. 

In conclusion: giant fighting robots are awesome. 

CommentReplyShare