Transformers was AWESOME. My treehouse has long been adorned with a "He-Man Michael Bay Haters Club" banner, and I was one of the many naysayers the past year saying how lame it was going to be. Luckily I realized not long ago that it'd be pretty hard even for Michael Bay to ruin a story about a boy and his car saving the world, and that my feelings towards him really shouldn't affect my enjoyment of this movie. It didn't.
Hearing Peter Cullen's fantastic voice coming out of Optimus Prime one more time was awesome. I was worried it'd be Bruce Willis or Tom Hanks or something. Score one for "if it ain't broke."
Bonecrusher skating down the freeway after Optimus Prime like an Olympic speed skater (I used to be a rink rat, and must say that the body language and motion was perfect.)
The REAL Bumblebee parked next to the new Camaro "Bumblebee 2.0"
The Camaro severely smashing the bug as a big F U to vee double-u
Hulk Hogan as Megatron. "Give me The Spark, brother!" (ok, not really. It sure SOUNDED like him though... I had to suppress a giggle every time he was on screen)
The gag with Bumblebee's broken voice modulator kept getting more endearing rather than cliche
Autobots debating eliminating the parents due to sheer irritation was pretty good, as was the whole "hiding the robots from the parents" sequence. This is interesting to me because had you asked prior to me seeing it, I would have listed this as something I'd deem "stupid." My preconceived ideas apparently get the better of me more than I know.
Frank Welker was sorely missed. Hugo Weaving is a great voice actor, but in future, please refer to "if it ain't broke."
D pointed out the mother of-all-plot-holes: that everything after the first act was unnecessary due to the fact that the Decepticons could have just bought the glasses off eBay in the first place, saving all that hassle of chasing things, blowing things up, etc. Though, I suppose then there'd be a bidding war with the Autobots, who clearly must've been aware of the eBay situation as well, having sent Bumblebee to protect Sam in the first place.
The big city battle was pretty mind-bending. I couldn't keep track of anything. What did Megatron transform into?
Just what the crap was the POINT of the whole Aussie hacker / videogame nerd storyline? That could have been excised and no one would even have noticed. One unbelievably hot chick is enough for a movie, right?
Why the crap do the Autobots look all beat up with missing paint and blast marks, only to transform into perfectly spotless vehicles? This makes no sense.
All in all, this is one of the best "Giant robots kick the scrap out of each other / Boy and his car save the world" movies I've ever seen. I could have done without all the backstory and mythology, though, as well as the hot Aussie hacker and her DDR-playing friend -- but those things couldn't sway my opinion either. My childhood was not raped, and I found it to be a very enjoyable movie.
"D pointed out the mother of-all-plot-holes: that everything after the first act was unnecessary due to the fact that the Decepticons could have just bought the glasses off eBay in the first place, saving all that hassle of chasing things, blowing things up, etc. Though, I suppose then there’d be a bidding war with the Autobots, who clearly must’ve been aware of the eBay situation as well, having sent Bumblebee to protect Sam in the first place."
i have a couple theories:
-they couldn't get a credit card.
-they didn't have a shipping address.
-they didn't trust the usps to deliver the glasses.
-they didn't trust ups to deliver the glasses intact.
-their feedback was all negative, with comments like "hunted me down, harassed me," and "showed up at my house, stomped all over my dad's car." sam is obviously a smart ebayer and expressly says he will not sell to users with a rating less than 10.
-the auction still had 5 days left and they didn't want to risk someone sniping the winning bid at the last second.
despite all these possibilities, i am wondering why they can manage to find ebay, find ladiesman217's real identity, but can't manage to google his home address.
I too have to question the fact that they chose to contact him by going to the car dealership his dad would take him to to purchase a new car, disguise as a suitable car, then destroy all the rest of them.
Surely there'd be a more likely method. I gotta wonder whether the rest of the autobots were each staked out at other narby car dealerships should he show up there.
well, no, the autobots weren't all hanging out at other dealerships. they didn't show up until after bumblebee lit up the beacon, and we witnessed their arrival, mistaken as meteors. [i did like that one stupid video camera kid's comment that "this is way better than Armageddon!!"]
my theory[ies] on why/how bumblebee ended up at the right dealership disguised as a car:
we see later that bumblebee is pretty good at following/stalking sam. sam just never noticed it because he had no reason to suspect a car randomly following him around.
maybe sam has an lj or myspace blog and he made sure to write all about how he needed to raise $2000 so his dad would buy him a car, as well as the 3 A's stipulation, and that his final day of trying to raise the money and earn the grades would be that day. the autobots had a meeting and decided that sneaking into sam's life as his car provided the best disguise and the best chances of likelihood that sam would accept them as "totally awesome."
-bumblebee didn't plan on destroying the rest of the cars, he was improvising. he figured surely a car salesman like that would accept a generous offer of $4000 on a car that magically appeared on his lot. when bolivia got greedy, bumblebee had to simultaneously eliminate the competition and convince bolivia that $4000 was the right price to get rid of a weird, magically appearing car.
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